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avid Ira Goldstein spent a week in Amsterdam this October as he prepared to direct “The Diary of Anne Frank,” which opens at Arizona Theatre Company later this month. Along with the Anne Frank House, the former ATC artistic director visited the National Holocaust Museum, The Resistance Museum, synagogues and other Jewish sites, to “really try and steep myself in the truth of the story,” he says. He wants the ATC production “to honor those who lived this story … to be true to the material in both its despair and its hope, its love and its hatred.” The play portrays both the claustrophobic reality of eight people hiding (from the Nazis) in an attic and Anne’s transcendent spirit as she comes of age, still believing “in spite of every See Diary, page 2

n Sunday, April 22, Tucson will celebrate Yom Ha’atzmut, Israel’s 70th Independence Day, with the Israel@70: A Living Bridge festival, featuring live music, food, and activities for all ages. Admission is free for the festival, which will take place on a field between the Tucson Jewish Community Center and the Tucson Hebrew Academy, at Dodge and River Roads. “From the moment the festival begins at 1 o’clock to the time it ends at 6, there will be a myriad of activities, music playing the whole time, very special entertainers, a DJ, and a dance troupe that comes from our Partnership region that was here in 2010,” says Jeff Artzi, festival co-chair with Yoram Levy. “We are aiming to present the wonders of the State of Israel, in

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Children march in the parade opening the Israel Festival in 2013.

terms of culture, entertainment, food, education, technology, and it is a non-religious, non-political celebration that will be enjoyed by the entire family,” says Artzi. Organizers expect crowds of 5,000 to 8,000 people from the entire Southern Arizona community. The entertainment will kick

off with a parade led by the University of Arizona Marching Band, with children, parents and teachers from THA, the JCC preschool, synagogue religious schools and preschools taking part, says Stephanie Roberts, chair of the festival’s engagement committee. The parade will See Festival, page 4

Passion for social justice inspires COC scholar KAYE PATCHETT Special to the AJP


oing the right thing and making your life count is the focus of Tzedek America Director and Founder Avram Mandell’s message during his April 13-15 visit to Congregation Or Chadash as the second Mitch Dorson Scholar-in-Residence. “Mitch was director of education at Temple Emanu-El and a history teacher at Catalina Foothills and Greenfields [schools],” says Or Chadash Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. “His students loved him because of his passion for politics and social justice. It was


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The first Scholar-in-Residence was Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D., executive director of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati. “He presented material on American Jewish history, which honored that Mitch was a history teacher,” says Louchheim. “Avram is the whole package: an educator and someone who’s helping kids stand up for social justice. Both of those things embody what Mitch Dorson really was.” Mandell founded the nonprofit Tzedek America in 2014. The one- or two-semester gap program allows young Jewish adults aged 18-21 to explore their See Scholar, page 5

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LOCAL Annual forum will address sexual violence The annual local leaders’ forum breakfast will be held on Friday, April 20, addressing “How does our community respond to sexual violence?” The discussion with local leaders is grounded in the #MeToo movement in Tucson, says Jewish History Museum program coordinator Jamie Luria. Panelists will include April Ignacio, Indivisible Tohono, Tohono O’odham Nation; Alba Jaramillo, Women Out of Poverty Initiative and Latina Leadership Institute; Kate Meyer, Take Back the Night and Denim Day Tucson: Artists Working to End Sexual Violence; Amalia C. Mora, University of Arizona Consortium on Gender-Based Violence; Timoteio Padillo, Take Back the

Night and Bruv Luv Collective; and Joan-e Rapine, Jewish Family & Children’s Services Project LEAH (Let’s End Abusive Households). Moderators will be Liane Hernandez of the YWCA and Luria. A breakfast reception at 7:30 a.m. will be followed by the forum at 8 a.m. at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy (the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona building), 3718 E. River Road. The forum is a collaboration between the Jewish History Museum, the JFSA’s Jewish Community Relations Council and the YWCA Southern Arizona. RSVP for this free event at 670-9073 or visit


creates a sense of space shrinking in on the players. If people are open to discussing it, the prologue may also be “about what’s going on politically in our country today and what’s going on globally … and the danger we’re facing when voices are being silenced and people are deciding who has the right to be heard and who doesn’t,” she says. For some, who may be weary of politics, “it’s very difficult to be reminded of the need to hope and of the necessity to choose to try to communicate rather than to hate,” she says. On both sides of the spectrum, she says, people have a tendency to shut down when they hear views from the other side. “They become indignant and defensive and resistant.” Potok asks people “to consider the possibility that in fact we really need to sit in a space of profound disagreement … to sit across the table from someone who triggers us and say, ‘What is it that’s grieving you?’” In playing Anne Frank’s mother, Edith, who is not portrayed sympathetically in the diary, Potok says that as with any role, she tries “to understand who this human being is.” Researching Edith Frank, she’s found more information has come to light in recent years, including many photographs she had not seen before. Edith loved being a wife and mother, Potok says, and also loved to dress elegantly and to entertain. Anne and her mother did end up being close, Potok says. “Margot and Anne are what kept Edith alive in the concentration camp. She died only after the girls were taken from her.” ATC’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” will run April 21-May 12 in Tucson before opening in Phoenix May 17. For ticket information, visit

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thing, that people are truly good at heart.” For the story’s current relevance, “you only have to look at the news every day and every week,” Goldstein says, citing the recent Anti-Defamation League report that said anti-Semitic incidents in Arizona had tripled last year; the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August; and “the rise of the alt-right.” “Every day we’re facing the same issues that this play deals with, of anti-Semitism and hatred. There couldn’t be a more important time to be doing this play,” he says, adding that since 1952, when the diary was published in English, there have been “many important times to do this play and to tell this story” — and especially to expose young people to it. While Goldstein’s own family fled the Russian pogroms in the early 20th century, immigrating to the United States, his “Anne Frank” cast includes Naama Potok, the daughter of author Chaim Potok, whose Polish family lost more than 100 people in the Holocaust. Potok will lead prologue discussions before each ATC performance, except for school matinees, just as she did at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y., which co-produced ATC’s production, with performances in February and March. Only rarely has Potok mentioned her family’s history during these discussions. “The prologue is a conversation,” she says, that starts with asking the audience to remember when they might have read the diary or seen the play or the film, or visited the annex in Amsterdam. “It invites them to ask questions about the set” or other design elements, says Potok, who notes that Goldstein’s concept

LOCAL Yom HaShoah rites to mark ghetto resistance DEBE CAMPBELL

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esistance and Resilience: Facing Hatred with Courage Yesterday and Today,” marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, will be the theme of this year’s commemorative observance of Yom HaShoah at Congregation Anshei Israel on Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. The uprising lasted from April 19 to May 16, 1943. Uprising survivor Wanda Wolowsky will be among those in attendance. Gil Ribak, Ph.D., professor at the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Arizona, will deliver the keynote address. “My talk will indeed refer to the Warsaw Ghetto rebellion, and more specifically to those at the Warsaw Ghetto who also resisted in other ways,” he says, highlighting the Oneg Shabbat (Sabbath pleasures) group, which included writers, teachers, communal workers, and scholars. “The group members used to meet secretly on Saturday afternoons in the ghetto. Members, who lived under extremely adverse and dehumanizing conditions, provided the documentation and research of that tragic period, as well a repository of the spiritual heritage of the generations murdered with such cruelty. The man behind the group, who also came up with its name, was Emanuel Ringelbum — historian, teacher, social activist and intellectual, who was murdered (with his family) by the Germans in March 1944,” says Ribak. “The event will highlight a wide spectrum of modes of resistance from armed struggle to cultural and spiritual forms of resistance,” says Bryan Davis, executive director of the Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center, which organized the event. “Additionally, it will

‘Freedom Fighter’ by Robert Russin, in the Tucson Jewish Community Center Sculpture Garden

reflect Jewish resilience both in Europe before the era of the Third Reich and through efforts and renewing and building Jewish life after the Shoah.” “We are hoping for participation from younger people in the community. After all, they are the generation that will have to carry on the work against genocide,” says JHM President Hedy Feuer. “We want it to be about hope and resistance in the future. There is always hope in the most desperate of times. You need to stand as a testament to the strength of determination, especially now.” Pianist Richard Hereld and violinist Rose Todero will provide the musical interlude and accompaniment. For more information, contact Lisa Schachter-Brooks at museum@ or 670-9073.

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Author Paul Boorstin will discuss his novel, “David and the Philistine Woman,” at a brunch on Sunday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at Congregation Bet Shalom. Critics compare the novel, which reimagines the Biblical story of David and Goliath, to Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent.” The program is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation Northwest/Hadassah Southern Arizona Book Club, the Hadassah Eastside Book Club and the Congregation Bet Shalom Book Club, but no book club membership is required to attend. Boorstin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter whose work has appeared on Discovery, A&E and the History Channel, as well as

on NBC, ABC and CBS. A resident of Los Angeles, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and attended the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Film. He has traveled around the world making documentaries for National Geographic, and his screenplays have been produced as motion pictures by Paramount and 20th Century Fox. He is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and a contributor to the Los Angeles Times. The cost of the brunch is $18. RSVP by April 23 by mailing a check payable to Hadassah to Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, AZ 85715. For more information, call Anne Lowe at 481-3934.


as Biobee, which harvests beneficial insects for all-natural pest control and bumblebees for natural pollination; and OrCam, which makes a wearable device that allows the blind and visually impaired to read printed words, such as street signs, and recognize objects and faces. A pair of Or Cam’s artificial intelligence glasses will be available for festival attendees to try. Raytheon will have a team on hand to lead children’s workshops, says Eden, including rocket launches and games using virtual reality goggles. A 12 Torches ceremony, similar to the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony in Jerusalem, will honor Tucsonans who have “made their mark on this community with their love of Israel and have done something of significance to advance Tucson’s connection with Israel,” says Artzi, who has co-chaired several past Israel festivals and is one of this year’s honorees. The others are Ron and Diane Weintraub, Stuart Mellan, Todd Rockoff, Marlyne Freedman, Pastor Glen Elliott, Marty Johnston, Yoram Levy, Anne Lowe, Thomas Warne, Jon Ben-Asher, and Rebecca Crow. Free shuttle bus service to and from the Northwest area will be available. Contact Carol Fabrizio at 647-8446 or A raffle will be held with a prize of roundtrip airfare to Israel. Volunteers are still needed to help on the day of the festival. Contact Eden at or 647-8449 for more information. For more on the Tzuza Dance Troupe and the Israel Science and Technology Pavilion, see tzuza-to-perform-at-israel-70-festival and

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culminate at the main stage with everyone singing the U.S. and Israeli national anthems. A performance by a band called Soulfarm, which “features a great acoustic guitarist named C Lanzbom” is one set to look forward to, says Craig Sumberg, executive director of the Fox Tucson Theatre and a member of the entertainment committee. A shuk, or marketplace, will evoke the bazaars found in Israeli cities, says Steve Caine, co-chair of the shuk committee with his wife, Heather. It will include vendor booths selling art and other products, plus booths for Jewish community organizations. The shuk will be close to the stage and other activities, so that people can speak with organizational representatives and vendors and still feel a part of the festival, he says. A large area will be devoted to children’s activities, simulating the Israeli city of Holon, known as the “Children’s City,” home to the Israeli Children’s Museum, the Israeli Cartoon Museum, story gardens, a water park and many other child-friendly attractions. There will be an Israel Science and Technology Pavilion, sponsored by Raytheon, which Amir Eden, the new director of the Weintraub Israel Center, guarantees will be even more captivating than the festival’s tech pavilion 10 years ago, “just because of the advances that Israel’s made.” With videos from Taglit-Birthright Israel’s Innovation Center in Tel Aviv, the pavilion will spotlight tech start-ups such

LOCAL Art created at UA Hillel Holocaust vigil will be reminder for public schools

dents helped make ceramic butterflies for the Butterfly Project installations in

Tucson. This year, art project student co-chairs Jessica Grossman and Sydney Kenig helped create an interactive piece for public schools in Tucson. Local artist Julie Stein designed frames with stanzas from the poem “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” by Holocaust victim Pavel Friedman, which inspired the Butterfly Project. Visitors at the vigil decorated the frames, which were displayed during the event before being donated to the Jewish History Museum, where they will be given to schools that take field trips to the museum. “These frames are in honor of the children who died in the Holocaust,” says Grossman. “That’s why we picked the poem to use and why it’s so important for them to go to public schools. It helps to educate and remind the children at the schools about their trip to the museum and the lives that were lost.” The vigil also featured a new museum pod this year. Bagshaw worked with a

design student to develop an interactive pod that gave an idea of the living situation experienced by Jews living in hiding. “I wanted to show the fear that Jewish families were living in even before they were sent to concentration camps,” she says. “It shows the close quarters Jewish families had to share while in hiding.” Hillel Foundation staff joined the student leaders in running the event and educating the public. Director of Jewish Student Life Michael Walden stayed up all night with the students and united with everyone in the reading of the names. “I’m out here because this is a chance for hundreds of UA students not just to remember the Holocaust, but also learn how this happened so we can all talk about it,” says Walden. “Learning about tragedy is part of what makes us all active, thoughtful global citizens who can prevent atrocities when we see warning signs.”

median Conan O’Brien inspired Mandell’s longtime hobby of improvisational acting and standup comedy – often a helpful tool when working with teenagers, he says. In 2001, he earned a master’s degree in Jewish education from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles. In 2005, as director of education at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, he led a group of 11th and 12th graders to help with flood relief in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. “I saw teens I hadn’t seen since their bar mitzvah,” he says. “That was when it hit me – ‘that’s how to engage teens.’” That “aha” moment led to the creation of Tzedek America. His program at Congregation Or Chadash starts April 13 at the 6:30 p.m. Shabbat service, with a sermon: “Challenges of Giving Your Time To Heal the World.” On Saturday, April 14, Mandell will lead a Torah study: “Parashat Shemini:

The Blessing and the Spiritual Challenge.” During 10 a.m. services, he’ll present “Cheshbon HaNefesh (Accounting for Your Soul): What Will You Do with Your Jellybeans?” including a short video in which jellybeans represent the hours in an average lifetime. A 4:30 p.m. teen workshop, “Stand Up for What Is Right,” precedes the family Havdallah program and service at 7:30 p.m., and dinner. The teen workshop may spark discussion about gun control activism, says Mandell. “We’re used to college students making a difference, but not high school students. The internet and social media have spread power among different ages and social classes in a new way. Teens are digital natives. They know how to spread a message better than we do.” On Sunday, April 15, Mandell will present an 8 a.m. workshop for religious school staff. A Brotherhood breakfast follows at 9:30 a.m., with a men’s program titled “Manliness and Judaism” at 10 a.m.

The men’s program will discuss men’s relationships, including those with parents, spouse, one another and the community. “Men traditionally don’t talk about their feelings with other men,” says Mandell. “In our society, men don’t have a place where they feel safe enough to be vulnerable.” Mandell is quick to credit his family and many mentors for any wisdom he’s able to share. But, he says, “I would like [attendees] to feel empowered with their Judaism, and use it as a tool to make their family and community life better and stronger.” “As a Jewish educator, I often consider myself a Jewish life coach. I think Judaism is a life coach for all of us; it gives us tools to navigate this crazy world, our lives and relationships. I think that’s the gift Judaism has to offer” All events are open to the public except for the April 15 education workshop. RSVP for the family Havdallah dinner at 512-8500.


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passions and Jewish identity through social justice internships, programming and communal living, fostering leadership and creating future Jewish role models. Raised in an observant Reform Jewish family in Baltimore, Mandell imbibed Jewish values and social responsibility from his father, a mental health professional, and his mother, a special education teacher who worked against child abuse. Mandell graduated from Miami University in 1994 with a B.S. in marketing, communication and media studies, then accepted an internship with the educational PBS children’s show, “Reading Rainbow.” “I thought I wanted to work in children’s television,” he says, “But TV is for children, not with children.” Working as production assistant to TV host and co-

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lags and museum pods lined a section of the University of Arizona Mall this week, as volunteers took turns reading the names of lives lost in the Holocaust. The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation hosts a 24-hour Holocaust vigil every year in memory of the six million Jews whose lives were lost. The 27th annual vigil was held from 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, until 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22. “My favorite thing about doing this event is the opportunity for me to learn more while also educating the public and the UA community,” says Calli Bagshaw, student co-chair of the event with Loren Rosenberg. “It is so important to honor the victims of the Holocaust.” Hillel sponsors art projects in conjunction with the vigils. In the past, stu-

Attendees at the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation Holocaust vigil decorated frames bearing lines from a poem by Pavel Friedman, who died in Auschwitz.

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COMMENTARY As Conservative Judaism's leadership changes, is intermarriage policy next? BEN SALES JTA


exodus. The CEOs of the movement’s rabbinic and congregational umbrella groups are both stepping down. Next month, for the first time in years, there will be a contested election for one of the top lay leader positions of its rabbis’ association. The wholesale changes add more uncertainty — and opportunity — to a religious denomination already in flux. Conservative leadership says it’s just normal professional turnover and that major ideological changes are not around the corner. But for Conservative rabbis who want to see a policy shift, particularly on interfaith marriage, this could be an opening. How to engage interfaith couples has long roiled Conservative Judaism. Nearly one-fifth of American Jews identify with Conservative Judaism, a centrist movement that aims to bridge traditional Jewish observance with modern

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ith Passover here, leaders of the Conservative movement are engaged in their own

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld speaks in Israel in 2013.

societal norms. More traditional movements, like Orthodoxy, prohibit intermarriage. More liberal denominations

conduct intermarriages. Some Conservative rabbis have felt caught in the middle.

Conservative Judaism prohibits officiating at, attending or otherwise celebrating an intermarriage, but a number of Conservative rabbis want some or all of those rules to change. Some want to perform intermarriages. Others want to ritually recognize them in synagogue. Still others want to at least attend intermarriages (and already do, despite a formal but rarely enforced ban on the practice). And some want the rules to stay exactly as they are. “Rabbis trying to service congregants might become more liberal in terms of how they address intermarriage,” said Rabbi Charles Simon, who last year retired after 35 years as head of the Conservative men’s club association, about the leadership change. “They feel this is their calling. They feel it’s important. They feel they’re making Jewish families. There’s potential in the gap that might arise, where we see rabbis being more independent.” Nearly everyone interviewed for this article — leaders, rabbis, external observers — named intermarriage as a key challenge facing the movement. Rabbi See Conservative, page 8

We can reclaim the Z-word — Zionism — without discarding right to criticize GIL TROY JTA JERUSALEM ll too often, when I ask campus organizations that are pro-Israel and deeply Zionist why they avoid using the “Z-word” in their messaging and


literature, I’m told, “Zionism doesn’t poll well.” True, not polling well is one of today’s great sins. But imagine what our world would be like if our ancestors feared the polls. The American Revolution wouldn’t have polled well. Suggestions that Northerners crush slavery in 1860 wouldn’t have

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polled well. And proposing a new Jewish state in 1897 wouldn’t have polled well either. At the time, most European Jews believed enlightened Europe was outgrowing anti-Semitism — that polled well. Let’s learn from our heroic predecessors — and from feminists, gays and AfricanAmericans, whose first attempts to defend their rights didn’t poll well either. Take back the night, resist internalizing our oppressors’ hatred of us. Reclaim the Z-word: Zionism. You cannot defeat those delegitimizing Israel by surrendering Zionism, the movement that established Israel. If a century ago Zionism brought pride back to the term “Jew,” Jews and non-Jews today must bring pride back to the term “Zionist.” In his book on “the strange career of the troublesome” N-word, the AfricanAmerican Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy explains the “protean nature” of political words. Groups can triumph with linguistic magic by defining themselves and their aims; when enemies define them, they lose. Kennedy warns against allowing the hater to define the hated, and that’s what is happening. First, “shame on them”: Shame on the anti-Zionists who single out Jewish nationalism, meaning Zionism, in a world organized by nationalisms, and call it “racist.”

Shame on them for libeling a democratic movement. Shame on them for ignoring Judaism’s national-religious duality, which allows non-Jews to convert into the Jewish religion and join the Jewish nation, making Zionism among the least biologically based, least racist, most permeable forms of nationalism. And shame on them for racializing the national conflict between Israelis and Palestinians — inflaming hatred, making peace more elusive. Alas, shame on us, too. Zionism should be a more popular term than “Israel.” Until 1948, Zionism was the movement affirming that Jews are a people with a homeland and that like other nations, Jews have the right to establish a state on that land (others may, too — nationalism involves collective consciousness, not exclusive land claims). Since 1948, Zionism has been the movement to perfect that state. Like all countries, Israel makes good and bad moves. If you’re anti-Zionist, you reject Israel’s very existence. If you’re critical of Israel somehow, you’re a thinking human being. America’s president offers an opportunity to understand that distinction. The 77 percent of American Jews who hate Donald Trump still remain proudly American. Why can’t we love Israel and Zionism See Zionism, page 9

ARTS & CULTURE / LOCAL Temple Emanu-El to present ‘Music of the Shoah,’ ARS ‘King David’ oratorio

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emple Emanu-El continues its concert series with two notable performances later this month, “Music of the Shoah” and the “King David” oratorio. On Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m., the eve of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Temple Emanu-El will present a concert of Jewish music either composed during the Holocaust or written in response to it. “Music of the Shoah: Memory, Hope, and Promise” will feature Rachel Saul, a Tucson native and violinist for the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra. Saul will be joined by local musicians Chris Tackett on the piano and organ and Seth Vietti on percussion. Jeff Myrmo will narrate and sing baritone. The concert will include Erwin Schulhoff ’s “Solo Violin Sonata,” a new arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg’s “A Survivor from Warsaw,” and John Williams’ “Theme from Schindler’s List.” Tickets for “Music of the Shoah,” $18, are available from Temple Emanu-El; call the office at 327-4501. On Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m., Temple Emanu-El will host Arizona Repertory Singers’ performance of Arthur Honegger’s “King David” oratorio. The 47-member choral ensemble, directed by Elliot Jones, will collaborate with Tucson Symphony Orchestra players and special guest narrator Grayson Hirst. “The French composer Honegger wrote the score of “King David” in 1921 as music to accompany a theater production,” Jones says. “We will include dramatic elements and choreography in our performance as well, including the off-stage voice of the ‘Witch of Endor’ and the character of David sung first by a boy soprano, and later by an adult tenor.” The story, based on the Bible, captures the loves and losses of David, a young shepherd who becomes a celebrated warrior and king of Israel. “The range of musical styles in this work is extraordinary,” Jones says. “It has hints and influences from Bach chorale melodies, Gregorian chant, and some 20th century modernism, jazz, and Middle Eastern music.” Honegger was 29 when he wrote the music of “King

Arizona Repertory Singer member Betty Sproul rehearses her ‘King David’ role, the off-stage voice of the Witch of Endor, with music director Elliot Jones.

David” and it quickly made him an important composer of his generation. A member of a group of young French composers named Les Six, Honegger sought to create melodious music that audiences wanted to hear, even while the dissonance of modern music dominated his time. Hirst will narrate the spoken story that weaves through out the 24 musical movements. He taught voice as a professor at the University of Arizona from 1986 to 2015 and also enjoyed a celebrated career singing internationally for decades. As a tenor soloist, Hirst regularly sang at Carnegie Hall, including a 1987 performance as soloist in “King David.” “It’s a thrill to be associated with this production again 31 years later, this time as narrator,” Hirst says. “It’s a rare opportunity in Tucson to hear this piece by

an important composer of the 20th century.” This will be the first public performance of Honegger’s King David in Tucson. It will be Jones’ second time to conduct the piece. A performance also is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. at Catalina United Methodist Church. “The story of King David is a sacred story shared by Christians and Jews and so we are thrilled to offer a performance at both a church and a synagogue,” says Jones. Tickets to either performance of “King David” are $23 in advance and $25 at the door. Students are admitted free to both concerts. For group ticket discounts ($20 each for groups of 10 or more), email or call 792-8141. Catalina United Methodist Church is located at 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. Temple Emanu-El is located at 225 N. Country Club Road.

Local genealogist to reveal how shtetl film helped him discover family history Local publisher and genealogist Joel Alpert has expanded his credentials to include sleuth. On Friday, April 13, in a Jewish History Museum gallery chat at 11:30 a.m., he will reveal how he unraveled family mysteries, reconnecting people and events, through research. Focusing on a 70-year-old black and white film that was almost lost to the world, Alpert pieces together a puzzle For Rent Fabulous Gem in Dorado CC Estates.3 BR/2 BA, $2000/month with 1-year lease

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Steven Wernick, who announced Thursday that he will step down after nine years as the CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, an umbrella group, told JTA that intermarriage is the biggest challenge facing his successor. Also stepping down next year is Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, CEO of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative rabbis’ group. Wernick and Schonfeld have both held the top professional positions at their respective institutions since 2009, and their contracts both expire in 2019. Schonfeld did not respond to JTA requests for comment. “There’s tension in how we deal with intermarriage as a centrist movement,” said Wernick, who plans to move into a pulpit role. “This is not a black-and-white issue for us, and there’s good logical arguments on both sides of the debate that we have to work with.” Until now, the movement did seem to see intermarriage as, more or less, a black-and-white issue. An open letter sent last year by its four major institutions — Wernick and Schonfeld’s, plus its two major rabbinical schools — asserted that while the movement wants to welcome interfaith couples, the blanket ban on rabbis performing intermarriages would stand. “We affirm the traditional practice of reserving rabbinic officiation to two Jews,” the letter read, adding that the movement’s leaders “are equally adamant that our clergy and communities go out of their way to create multiple opportunities for deep and caring relationships between the couple and the rabbi, the couple and the community.” But change is still in the air. A handful of rabbis have left the movement in order to perform intermarriages, and a larger group has complained that the ban on attending intermarriages alienates them from friends and family with non-Jewish spouses. Last year, the United Synagogue voted to allow its congregations to accept non-Jewish partners as full members. Now, one of the rabbis who has agitated for a policy shift has been nominated by the Rabbinical Assembly to be its next vice president. Rabbi Stewart Vogel of Woodland Hills, California, has long sought ways to include intermarried couples. He announces their anniversaries at Shabbat services, and has honored them at synagogue functions at least as early as 2003. In a statement to JTA, Vogel wrote, “I have no intention of trying to change the standard on officiating” intermarriages. Nevertheless, Vogel’s nomination has prompted another rabbi, Felipe Goodman of Las Vegas, to challenge Vogel for the spot, as the Forward first reported. Goodman feels that too much focus has been put on the issue by Conservative leaders. He opposes allowing rabbis to ritually recognize intermarriages. “If we start to play that game, the lines will start to become blurry very, very soon,” Goodman told JTA. “We need clear lines.” He added: “I’m obviously worried, yes. I’m worried the movement could be moving in that direction, and I want to do what I can to make sure it doesn’t.” Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin, who next month will be installed as president, the top lay position, of the Rabbinical Assembly, said the R.A.’s position on officiating is not changing. She acknowledged that the movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards is debating whether to amend the ban on rabbis attending intermarriages, but

said last year’s open letter on officiation was clear. “That letter, we thought, really was a definitive statement,” she said. “Given that everything that’s coming out publicly has restated time and time again that we’re not changing the standard on officiation, I’m surprised that our membership seems to think that that is something that is changing.” The anxiety over the officiation ban stems in part from fears about the movement’s future as a whole. Studies have shown that the number of Conservative Jews in the United States has shrunk from more than a third of Jewish families in 1990 to less than a fifth. The number of synagogues affiliated with Conservative Judaism, once the dominant denomination, has also fallen. Speaking to JTA, rabbis listed a raft of complaints with Conservative umbrella institutions: They aren’t responsive enough to synagogues outside New York. They don’t engage rabbis enough. They aren’t sufficiently sensitive to the challenges faced by Conservative congregations outside the United States. They haven’t invested enough in their youth programming. “It’s never easy to maintain the middle,” said Rabbi Jason Miller, a technologist and part-time pulpit rabbi from the Detroit area. “People today are choosing the extremes, whether it’s politics or religion. In terms of waving the banner of Conservative Judaism that followers throughout North America can be proud of, that has been a failed effort.” Speaking to JTA, Wernick listed a number of reasons for optimism. He is proud of United Synagogue Youth, the movement’s youth group, which brought hundreds of kids to last week’s marches in Washington, D.C., and New York advocating gun control. And he said the United Synagogue’s strategic plan is transforming the group from a membership association into a platform for a vibrant, committed and innovative Judaism. United Synagogue also recently hired Rabbi Gil Steinlauf to create an Innovation Lab for Conservative Judaism. In her letter announcing that she was stepping down, Schonfeld said she had helped the Rabbinical Association become more responsive to its members. She is also proud of the association’s Lev Shalem series of prayer books, beginning in 2010, which offer fresh translations, an array of commentaries and readings meant to appeal to diverse audiences. “How do you become a network of people who have shared goals and shared practices around a centrist Jewish religious movement that values Jewish ritual as a meaningful framework for Jewish experience?” asked Wernick, offering the question that has guided the organization’s planning process. “It’s an authentic and dynamic Judaism. It’s authentic because it’s a commitment to tradition and ritual. But it’s dynamic because of its willingness to reshape it for modernity.” But some rabbis say that the movement needs to be more open-minded in accepting the multiplicity of Jewish families, whether they have two Jewish partners or not. Rabbi Adina Lewittes, who left the Rabbinical Assembly in 2013 to perform intermarriages, said the movement needs to think more seriously about change. “I think the intermarriage question is today’s most urgent issue that is challenging the movement’s sense of cohesion,” Lewittes said. “This is an historic opportunity. And I really hope that it’s taken because I think the Conservative movement has a lot to offer in today’s world — a world that is struggling to understand how to stay rooted even as we move toward growing complexity and diversity.” Ben Sales is JTA’s U.S. correspondent.

LOCAL SHJC speaker to cover atheism, Judaism, Israel The Secular Humanist Jewish Circle will co-sponsor, with Freethought Arizona, two free talks by Herb Silverman, founder of The Secular Coalition for America. Silverman will speak on Sunday, April 15, at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. at Banner Medical Center’s Duval Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The morning lecture, “Candidate Without a Prayer,” will focus on his experience running for governor of South Carolina, which he describes in his book, “An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt.”

In his afternoon lecture, “A Jewish Atheist,” Silverman will talk about his journey from Orthodox Judaism, to apathetic atheist, to accidental activist atheist when he moved to South Carolina, to Humanistic Judaism when he helped found the Secular Coalition for America. He will also discuss his latest book, “An Atheist Stranger in a Strange Religious Land,” while focusing on his views about Judaism and Israel. For more information, call Becky Schulman at 296-3762 or visit RSVP is suggested to


sense of mission in an often aimless world. Reclaiming Zionism often entails moving from Political Zionism — asking what we can do for our country — to Identity Zionism — asking, with apologies to JFK, what your country can do for you. There’s a reason why Israel ranks 11th on the world “Happiness Index,” despite the nation’s many challenges. Most Israelis are instinctively Identity Zionists. Their identity blossoms from the Zionist state — which appreciates strong family values, robust community ties, deep patriotic feelings — and a broader sense of mission in life. That’s part of the package Birthright participants and other tourists appreciate when visiting Israel. And that’s the recipe that makes so many Israelis happy despite the rushrush of their society and the roar-roar of some Palestinian neighbors demanding their destruction. Zionism isn’t the only way or the best way, it’s just my way, my people’s way. I’m not smart enough to improvise another framework. Identity Zionism includes commitments to Jewish education, Jewish action, to making Jewish ethics come alive, to Jewish peoplehood and Jewish community — these are core Zionist values I, for one, would, in Churchill’s words, never surrender. Today, the #MeToo conversation spotlights how often victims — especially women — internalize persecution, letting bullies win. Anyone interested in abandoning Zionism first should ask: How much of this internalizes the delegitimization campaign? If we don’t stand up for ourselves, who are we? If we let those haters win, what are we? And if we don’t start celebrating and reclaiming the Z-word now — at Israel’s 70th — then when?

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regardless of particular prime ministers or policies, too? Here’s the real question for Jews: Do you feel connected to Israel, today’s great Jewish people project? If so, you stick with it because you belong to the Jewish people. And you help perfect that state through Zionism — embracing different schools of Zionist thought. It could be Religious Zionism or left-leaning Labor Zionism or right-leaning Revisionist Zionism or Cultural Zionism. In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, I just published “The Zionist Ideas,” updating Arthur Hertzberg’s classic anthology “The Zionist Idea.” Adding the “s” broadens the conversation, from the 38 thinkers in his book to the 170 in mine. As part of its publication and in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, I am urging readers to host Zionist salons, home-based conversations addressing “what Zionism and Israel mean to me today.” Establishing Israel in 1948 fulfilled the Zionist idea — that powerless Jews need a state as a refuge, immediately, and as a platform to flourish and express Jewish values, long-term. Seventy years later, debating Zionist ideas welcomes debate from left to right, religious and nonreligious, about what Zionism and Israel can mean to me as Jew, as a person — and how some of these ideas can help Israel become a model democracy. That’s why Zionism didn’t end in 1948 — the debates continue. If Zionism as an idea asserts that Jews are a people with a homeland, and Zionism as a movement builds, protects and perfects the state, Zionism as a value is more personal. Zionists see it as a way of explaining Judaism as a culture, a civilization, an ethnicity, a tradition, not just a religion. It anchors us in a self-indulgent, throwaway society, providing a sense of community in an often lonely, alienating culture, and a

Gil Troy is the author of “The Zionist Ideas,” which updates Arthur Hertzberg’s classic work “The Zionist Idea,” and was just published by The Jewish Publication Society. He is a Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University. Follow on Twitter @GilTroy.

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NATIONAL / ISRAEL Donald Trump wants the U.S. out of Syria. Israel thinks that’s a problem. RON KAMPEAS JTA WASHINGTON eeting last month with Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came away satisfied that he and the American president were in agreement on a wide range of issues, including Syria, where Israel wants to limit Iranian influence as the Syrian civil war wraps up. “We don’t have any limits on our action in Syria,” Netanyahu told reporters. “We see eye to eye,” he said of Israeli and U.S. policy. A few weeks later, Middle East watchers are wondering which eye bears watching: Trump keeps saying he wants out of Syria, while U.S. defense officials and diplomats say the United States remains committed to its role in pacifying the country after seven years of a devastating war. The equivocation is unsettling Israel, said Jonathan Schanzer, a vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies who travels frequently to Israel and meets with its officials. “There is a concern” in Israel “that the mixed messaging right now is revealing a certain confusion at a minimum, perhaps a lack of will to remain in Syria,” he said in an interview. How are the messages mixed? “We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon,” Trump said last week, just hours after a Pentagon spokeswoman told reporters in a briefing that the United States was committed to its role in the region at least until the Islamic State terrorist group was defeated. On Monday, U.S. defense officials said they would send dozens of troops to Syria to add to the 2,000 troops already there assisting U.S. allied rebel forces. On Tuesday, Trump said “it’s time” to get out of Syria. “It is very costly for our country, and it helps other countries more than it helps us,” he said. “I want to get out, I want to bring our troops back home.” Daniel Shapiro, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel who is now a visiting fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said Trump’s pronouncements were stirring turmoil in the region. “It raises fundamental questions not just for Israel, for our Kurdish allies, even our adversaries, about whether the United States plans to remain in Syria to complete

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HILLEL KUTTLER JTA WEST PALM BEACH itting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros’ spring training facility here in mid-March, Alex Bregman is reflecting about an encounter his father had at the World Series last fall. It was in Los Angeles, between innings of the opening game. Sam Bregman was headed for a Dodger Stadium concession stand to grab a nosh wearing his Astros jersey with the No. 2 and his surname stitched on the back — a facsimile of his son’s uniform. The young Bregman, a third baseman, had just slugged a home run off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. A fan grabbed Sam Bregman’s arm. “Are you Alex’s dad?” “I am,” the elder Bregman replied. “Is he Jewish?” “Yeah.” The man was a Dodger fan, but still he flashed what Sam Bregman described as “a look of great contentment” at the ballplayer’s heritage. “I got such a kick out of it,” Sam Bregman said in a phone interview near his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “It made me feel so proud.” Alex Bregman’s take on the encounter: “It’s definitely cool to have fans around the world give their support. It keeps you motivated to know that everyone has your back.” Bregman can expect to have more fans


on his bandwagon, Jewish and otherwise, following a strong 2017 season and the first World Series title for the Astros — to which he contributed mightily. He knocked in a run in each of the first five games, added a second home run, threw out a runner at home plate to preserve a scoreless tie in Game 4 and had the runscoring single that ended an epic Game 5 in the 10th inning, 13-12. During the 2017 season, the former No. 2 overall draft pick out of Louisiana State averaged .284, pounded 39 doubles and 19 home runs, and stole 17 bases. Two days after the Game 7 road victory, Bregman celebrated at the championship parade in Houston. Thousands of fans lined streets in a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey flooding a couple of months earlier. “To see their pure joy,” Bregman said, “gave me the chills.” The experience capped a memorable year for Bregman that began with his playing for the U.S. team that won the World Baseball Classic title in March. Israel’s squad, which finished sixth overall in the WBC, had sought his services. In retrospect, he said, “I probably should’ve” played for Israel “because I got [just] four at-bats” playing as a backup for the American team. Regardless of who comes calling in 2021, Bregman said, he’s unlikely to participate. His Astros started defending their championship March 29 in Arlington, Texas, against the Rangers. Bregman

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INSIDER’S VIEW For Israelis, sorrow of Yom Hazikaron touches all AMIR EDEN Weintraub Israel Center

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n Wednesday, April 18, the State of Israel will honor its fallen sons and daughters. Those who have been in Israel on Yom Hazikaron know that it is a very special day. All stores, shops, and movie theaters are closed. There are no special sales, and no happy public gatherings. Total silence takes over the nation’s streets. At 11 a.m., all stands still. The entire country freezes as people stand to pay their respects. Traffic stops and passengers stand beside their cars or buses. The pain is real and in many cases, it is personal, sometimes too personal. I was born in Beer Shevah and lived in a small neighborhood. Our family moved to the neighborhood when I was 6 years old, and I remember running in the backyard with young children who were soon to become my lifelong friends. Our neighborhood, which had the strange name of Schunah Hey (Neighborhood E), had families from all over the world: Germany, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Romania, Argentina, South Africa and more. They were many common grounds — we were all Jews, all of our fathers worked full time, most of our mothers worked part time, and we all attended the same school. Life was simple: we walked to school together, studied, came back home to a warm lunch (many times with a friend or two), did our homework, and then went outside to play until we were called back home to dinner (our moms literally yelled out our names). When we got older, we played on the same sports teams and chased after the same girls. I had four close friends in middle school and when high school time came, we went to different schools but stayed close. One day, a new teen named Arye (the Hebrew word for “lion”) arrived at our back yard and asked to join our soccer game. He told us that he was from a nearby kibbutz and that his grandparents moved to one of the buildings in our neighborhood. He was a good player and we became friends even though he was a year older than me. Life as an Israeli teen at the ages of 16 and 17 was also simple; we all knew we wanted to join the IDF, and we all trained hard so we could serve our country in the best possible way. We met on the weekends and ran miles together as we all knew our military service was around the corner. Arye joined the military in May 1984, enlisted in the 890th Brigade of the Paratrooper Division, and was very proud of his new unit. When he came back to visit us, I listened with admiration to his stories. In August 1985, I

Amir Eden visited the grave of his friend, Arye Tubul, in January.

followed my older friend’s footsteps and joined the IDF. In May 1986, we saw each other again as both of us were on a free weekend visiting our families and friends. We rested, enjoyed our moms’ cooking, played with our young siblings, and met, once again, on the soccer field for another “friendly game.” This game was different Arye Tubul than all other games — we were both leaders of opposing teams, and each wanted to prove to the other how strong we had become. We clashed, ran as hard as we could, slide tackled one another, and did everything we could to come out as winners. This game was the last time I saw him. On June 31, 1986, Arye went with his platoon to the Lebanese border near the village of Magdal Zoon and encountered terrorists who were on their way to attack innocent Israeli civilians. Arye, who was an outstanding soldier, the type of soldier every commander wants next to him when hell breaks loose, gave his life defending Israel. When thinking of Arye, I wish I could go back to our last soccer game, stop the game, smile, give him a hug and tell him that I love him. Knowing the two of us well, I know that we would share a “men’s hug,” look at each other, wipe a tear claiming that it is the sand that went into our eyes, look at each other and say, “Come on, let’s play”. I went on to lead other soldiers, got married, became an educator, and a father of two amazing young men. And my friend? He remained 20 years old. I hope you will join our community as we honor our fallen soldiers and victims of terror during a special program Tuesday, April 17 at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Amir Eden is director of the Weintraub Israel Center. He can be reached at



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he Israel Center has surpassed all our expectations, in terms of creating a connection between Tucsonans and Israel,” says Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan. The Israel Center began as a way to bring the cultural richness of Israel to Arizona and engage the local community to build a living bridge to Israel. Those were lofty goals when Diane and Ron Weintraub took the helm as its founding chairs back in 1997. “The center has been a gift to the Tucson community,” says Jewish Community Center President and CEO Todd Rockoff. The center is a partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel, under the founders’ continued guidance and the auspices of the JFSA and JCC. The Weintraubs have deep family ties with Israel, with numerous family members having made aliyah, including their late daughter Beth in 1986. They have four Israeli grandchildren and have made scores of trips to Israel over the years. In 2011, a year after Beth’s death from cancer, they solidified their connection to her adopted homeland by endowing the center now known as Weintraub Israel Center The center continues to strengthen the community’s connection with Israel, its people and history, through educational experiences, advocacy and outreach. But the real impact comes from the people-to-people connections

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created, with programming as the platform, says Mellan. “At the center of it all are the WIC shlichim (emissaries),” who serve as the center’s directors. Each of six shlichim selected to direct the Israel Center over the past two decades was carefully chosen, with direction from the founders. Oshrat Barel was the center’s most recent shlicha (female emissary). In March, she transitioned to vice president of JFSA’s community relations department. “I hope I helped with the important work of building living bridges and that I helped creating a variety of ways to explore and connect to Israel,” says Barel. Amir Eden replaces Barel as the first center director who is not a shaliach (male emissary). A dual citizen, Eden brings with him a strong background in security, education and community building. Following military service

and marriage in Israel, he completed his undergraduate and graduate education in the United States. He previously worked in Florida, San Francisco, Scottsdale and, most recently, Las Vegas. “Thinking outside the box is in my DNA,” said Eden, “but, I know how important buy-in is.” His vision of his task is to build bridges through encounters with Americans and Israelis, emphasizing the importance of teamwork. “The key is people-to-people education. Education creates new opportunities for learning, to inspire and empower natural and new partners.” WIC programs encompass three cornerstone projects. The Israel Education program, chaired by David Graizbord, uses multiple paths to educate the Jewish and Tucson community about Israel, providing a multi-faceted, realistic, and non-polemical view of Israel beyond the headlines. The annual Israel Experience Trip, launched in 2016, is part of this program. The WIC and JFSA, along with area synagogues and organizations, also host an annual Israel festival. This year, Israel@70 celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s 70th Independence Day, on Sunday, April 22. The Israel Action Network, in partnership with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, counters assaults made on Israel’s legitimacy. Bobby Present chairs this program to build strong relationships with people of faith, human rights advocates, political and civic leaders, and friends and neighbors in the community. The final cornerstone See Bridges, page 14



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is Partnership2Gether. (See related story on page 15). Steve Caine and Jeff Artzi serve as the WIC co-chairs. The lay leader committee includes Asher Amar, Ray Carroll, Rebecca Crow, Goggy Davidowitz, Larry Gellman, Graizbord, Present, Naomi Weiner, John Winchester, the co-founders, and Steve Weintraub, a former co-chair. Beyond programming, personal relationships emerge, says Mellan. He again credits the shlichim and their entire families for the relationships they create that broaden and deepen the impact of their work at the WIC. “Personal relationships have emerged literally for thousands of Tucsonans,” he adds. He illustrates his point by describing a local father taking his young son to Israel, expecting he’d want to visit the Western Wall. Instead, the child wanted to visit a friend he’d made through the Partner-

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ship2Gether school twinning program, in a partnership village. Mellan calls that kind of personal relationship the real end product the WIC achieves. Programming is integral in furthering that living bridge, adds Rockoff. For the WIC’s future, co-founder Ron Weintraub sees a positive continuation of the progress he describes as “more successful than we ever dreamed it could be.” We never know what the future will bring, he says, noting that there were no social media platforms when the center started. “We’ve used social media a lot between our communities here and in Israel.” He describes a lifelong connection made between a Tucson artist and an Israeli artist, facilitated on a center-sponsored trip. “They’ve become life-long friends and business partners, working and selling their work together around the world,” he says. That’s a concrete example of building those living bridges. “The number of adults and children we’ve touched both in the U. S. and Israel is very high for a community this size,” he concludes, smiling.


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Concluding the Partnership2Gether annual budget meeting in Israel in February, from left: Revital Lavy, Hila Keren-Yogev, Goggy Davidowitz, Adi Shacham, Edit Asor, Oshrat Barel, Dvorah Attal, Isaac Amar, Robyn Schwager, Vered Hangali-Mashiach, Ella Mosinzon, Shneor Katash and Yedidya Green.

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ucson’s Partnership2Gether program, part of the Weintraub Israel Center, builds a bridge between Tucson and its partner communities in Israel, the city of Kiryat Malachi and the Hof Ashkelon region. “And there is no doubt, over the past few years, we have built the program to a point that both sides equally benefit,” says P2G former chairperson Rebecca Crow. The P2G program’s recent Tucson director, Oshrat Barel, calls it “building living bridges.” The Jewish Agency for Israel’s P2G Peoplehood Platform, previously known as Partnership 2000, matches Jewish communities globally directly with Israeli communities. P2G connects 450 global Jewish and Israeli communities in 46 city-to-city and region-to-region partnerships, connecting more than 350,000 participants annually in programs and one-on-one encounters. Locally, P2G builds and supports cross-Atlantic relationships and invites Tucson volunteers to join projects that improve Israel as a Jewish democratic state. Goggy Davidowitz is the program’s current chair. He is an assistant professor in University of Arizona’s departments of entomology, ecology and evolutionary biology. Barel, Davidowitz and Robyn Schwager recently represented Tucson P2G at the organization’s annual budget meeting in Israel. Their late February visit included inspecting joint project sites, strategic discussions and budget recommendations, which were approved in early March. Schwager is grant officer for the Jewish Community

Foundation of Southern Arizona, which provides grants in the P2G region in alignment with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. These grants fund projects ranging from social and educational development to youth leadership, direct support and immigrant assistance, she says. At the annual meeting, the Tucson partners heard from professionals and volunteers from each of those programs. “It was very rewarding to hear about the impact of our funding, to meet the people who make it happen and some of the beneficiaries of our grants,” says Schwager. “We are making a difference in the Partnership region and we came away from the meeting with ideas to grow and strengthen the relationships between the three communities even further.” A bridge-building, school twinning program is one of those programs. It began in 2014, connecting educators, classrooms and children thousands of miles apart. Linda Behr directs the twinning program here, involving 32 pre-school to eighth grade classrooms across synagogues, Tucson Hebrew Academy and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. This bonds more than 670 youth in both Israel and Tucson in relationships, opening doors to long-lasting friendships around issues such as Jewish identity and social responsibility. Behr and Crow co-chair the Teacher Fellowship Program, which takes school twinning a step further, says the Partnership’s local program director, Adi Olshansky. Five teachers from the twinning program visited Tucson last year and five from Tucson will reciprocate at the end of May, she adds. See Partnership2Gether, page 17

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star. Zandberg began playing tennis at age 5, inspired by watching her older brother play. After serving two years in the Israeli Defense Forces, she committed to continuing her tennis career and furthering her education. “I chose Arizona because the hot weather is similar to Israel weather,” says Zandberg. “During my visit I really liked the university atmosphere, coaches and the girls on the team. I really like the support that is here for the athletes.” The jump from the Israeli army to being a full-time student and full-time athlete has not come without struggle. “I needed to get used to all the school work because I had to serve for two years in the army, which means I didn’t study at all,” says Zandberg. “But I like it here and I have met Jewish friends who showed me Chabad, where I like to go on the weekends.” Since joining the UA tennis team, Zandberg already has made her mark. She was named Pac-12 player of the week in February. Currently, she is finishing conference matches and preparing for finals. “Talya is a remarkable young woman,” says Arizona Wildcat Women’s Tennis Head Coach Vicky Maes. “She is a fierce competitor and will add a lot to our program in the next few years. Coming to America at the spring semester and being thrown into college life and high-level competition right away is extremely chal-

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lenging, but Talya has done this with a big smile on her face. She is tackling the demands of school, training, and match play like a champ.” Although happy with her situation here, Zandberg admits that, along with missing friends and family, she finds herself missing Israel. “Now that I’m here I appreciate the culture and the people in Israel even more,” says Zandberg. “I really like Arizona and Tucson, but Israel will always be where my heart belongs.” For the Arizona Wildcat Women’s Tennis schedule, visit

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he World Economic Forum calls Israel a “tech titan.” Israeli tech companies raised $4.8 billion in venture capital last year. Things many of us use daily — the Intel PC processor, the USB flash drive and Google’s Suggestion function — all were invented in Israel. The Arizona Israel Technology Alliance officially launched Feb. 22 in Phoenix to promote and strengthen business investment, entrepreneurship, technology and bilateral trade between Arizona and Israel. AITA representatives will be at the Israel@70 Festival on Sunday, April 22. AITA is positioned to support and increase investment and development between Arizona and Israel, offering re-

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sources and opportunities to both, says Leib Bolel, president and CEO. Global positioning, especially in technology (including agritech), bioscience and healthcare, aerospace and defense, makes Arizona a perfect prospect for trade with Israel, says Bolel. “Israel is home to more NASDAQ listed companies than any other country outside the U.S. and China. It has more venture capital, startups, scientists and tech professionals per capita than any country in the world.” Every American-built automobile soon will contain Israeli technology that will make your car safer, and may have a significant impact on insurance rates, says Bolel. Today and in the future, whether we are driving vehicles or the vehicles are driving us, avoiding car accidents is increasingly dependent upon built-in driver-

assistance technologies. Israel’s advances in machine vision and robotics are in high demand by vehicle manufacturers everywhere, he adds. Among Israeli-Arizona collaborative investments currently in Tucson are LSL Biotechnologies, Lasertel, Inc. and Global Solar Energy. A May 16 Phoenix luncheon will focus on Israel’s story as the Startup Nation, a hub of humanity-improving innovation, entrepreneurship and investment opportunities, according to AITA. Presenters will include Audrey Jacobs of OurCrowd and Avi Reichental of Cognitiv Ventures. Bolel is collaborating with the Israel Economic Mission to host a delegation in June of 15 Israeli companies focused on water conservation and autonomous vehicles. The alliance will lead a technology

and innovation delegation of investors and senior executives to Israel Oct. 1422, with other bridging trips in the plans. Bolel has more than a decade of domestic and international business development experience. Born in England, he lived in Israel for six years. He moved his own tech company, Glimpse, from Iowa to Phoenix two years ago. AITA’S programming and membership services director, Sharon Pellicani, brings a strong operational management background to the alliance. Founding members of the nonprofit alliance include the University of Arizona Tech Parks Arizona, the Israel Economic Mission, Arizona Commerce Authority, Coplex, Silicon Valley Bank, Arizona Technology Council, and Osborn Maledon. For details, visit

is an acronym for shnat sherut, meaning a year of service. It brings recent high school graduates from Israel to Tucson during their gap year before national service, to nurture closer relationships with their host community. One of Tucson’s

first shinshinim, Leah Avuno, was from Kiryat Malachi and next year’s shinshinim, the third cohort in Tucson, will both be selected from Tucson’s sister communities in Israel, says Olshansky. Other local bridge-building projects

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turned 24 the next day. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he expects Bregman to “build off the momentum he generated in the postseason and throughout the whole season last year.” “While he’s established himself as a major league player … he’s not even close to what he’s going to be,” Hinch said. He called Bregman “a true baseball rat,” someone who “loves the game, loves practice, loves being around his teammates.” But his mother, Jackie, will tell you that her son is more than about baseball. His foundation, AB for AUDS, provides computer tablets to children with autism and Down syndrome. Brady Columbus, a son of Bregman’s former hitting coach and Bregman’s godson, is autistic. Jackie Bregman spoke of her son’s kindness. “Alex is so patient with people, and I’m really, really proud of him for that,” she said in a phone interview. She recalled her son defending elementary school classmates being bullied. And he was also on the other end: A boy made fun of Alex’s pending bar mitzvah as he was leaving school to meet with the cantor, and a Chinese-American teammate on Alex’s basketball squad stood up for him. The experiences, she said, “taught him what it was like to be marginalized.” Years ago, the family attended an appearance by several players of the minor league Albuquerque Isotopes. One player was aloof. “Sam and I said to Alex, ‘Don’t ever be like that,’” she recalled. But Jackie Bregman also knows her son is driven to excel on the field. “He would not mince words. ‘I don’t just want to play baseball; I want to be the best,’” Jackie Bregman remembered her son saying. “He was determined.” In junior high in Albuquerque, Bregman attended a University of New Mexico baseball camp. The Lobos’ baseball coach, Ray Birmingham, preached dedication to greatness. “Alex took that so literally that he’d hit in the batting cages until he got calluses,” recalled Sam Bregman, who had grown up on the field at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, where his late father, Stan, worked as a lawyer for the Washington Senators. It was Stan, “Grandpa Zayde,” who

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Alex Bregman signs autographs at the Houston Astros’ spring training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla.

gave his grandson a card set of Jewish baseball players. Someone else who witnessed that commitment was Darvin Ham, who coached the New Mexico Thunderbirds, an NBA Development League team the Bregmans owned. In postgame conversations and at the Bregman home, Alex Bregman “was like a sponge” of information about the makings of athletic achievement, said Ham, now an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks. “He was a very good listener. He took mental notes,” said Ham, who considers Alex Bregman “a little brother.” Bregman explained his early competitive drive. “Coach Birmingham said you have to decide,” he recalled. “I woke up at 5 a.m. to go to the cage to school to the cage: defense and hitting. I did that every day for years, (beginning at) probably age 12 or 13. I never went to the school dance.” On this day, Bregman departed for a practice field and chatted in Spanish with fellow infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, natives of Venezuela and Puerto Rico, respectively, at second base during a running drill. Bregman is fluent in the language. Jerick Paquinto, a 19-year-old from Houston wearing a Bregman jersey, was among hundreds of fans watching. “I like that he’s not the biggest guy and he has a lot of heart,” Paquinto said of the 6-foot Bregman, words similarly applicable to the 5-foot-6 Altuve, last year’s American League MVP. “I liked him since he was at LSU (where Bregman was a first-team All American at shortstop). I saw him hit a homer, and I fell in love with him as a player.”

Camps & Summer Plans Camp builds character, resilience says new Camp J director


he Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Camp J — the only day camp in town accredited by the American Camping Association — is gearing up for summer with a new director, Josh Shenker; 11 specialty camps, including a new junior robotics camp; traditional camps that cater to four age groups; and morning and afternoon extended care hours now included in the cost of camp. Camps run from May 28-Aug. 3 with pre- and postcamp options for May 24 and 25 and Aug. 6, 7, and 8. Shenker, who serves as the Tucson J’s year-round director of children, youth and camping services, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Judaic studies and nonprofit management. Before moving to Tucson, he was camp director at the Richmond JCC for four years. “Camp in an intentional experience that can shape one’s character by providing a controlled and safe environment for [children] to make their own decisions and their own mistakes,” Shenker says in the introduction to the 2018 Camp J brochure. “At camp kids can interact face-to-face, while nurturing and enthusiastic counselors are dedicated to showing them how to make friends in person rather than online. Not only will campers learn about others but they will also learn about themselves. The character traits parents wish their kids to obtain such as independence, confidence, resilience, relationship-building and grit — all are legitimate outcomes for children who have successful camp experiences.” Campers at Camp J enjoy the use of the J’s state-ofthe-art 110,000-square-foot facility, including the indoor play space, kosher demonstration kitchen, youth gym, mind body studio, and youth-only locker rooms, as well as the full-size gym, pool, splash park, outdoor fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, computer lab, art stu-

dio, dance room, music room, and youth lounge. The traditional camp options start with children entering grades K-2, which includes a daily swim and swim instruction. The camp for kids in grades 3-5 includes their choice of activities and a weekly field trip. In grades 6-8, campers take Josh Shenker a variety of day and overnight trips. Participants in the leaders-in-training camp for grades 9-12 will work with campers of all ages under the guidance of Camp J staff, with plenty of time for social interaction. There also is a sports camp available for grades 3-5 and athletic conditioning camp for grades 6-8. Morning specialty camps include tennis, available for all 10 weeks, plus one-week camps such as “Excell Tri Youth Triathlon Camp,” “Bricks 4 Kidz: Heroes and Villians,” “Play-Well Teknologies: Jedi Engineering with Lego,” “Pottery Camp” and “Comic Book Creations.” An optional afternoon camp starts with lunch and includes swim and other activities. Early Childhood Education camps are available for ages 2-5. All Camp J staff are CPR and first aid certified. Emily Malin, the J’s special needs services director, helps develop support strategies for campers with special needs. To view the Camp J brochure, visit For more information, contact Shenker at 299-3000, ext. 192 or; Malin at ext. 168 or; or Corey Cravens, assistant director of children, youth and camping services, at ext. 256 or

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n a warm summer day at a Jewish day camp east of Cleveland, an Israeli counselor instructs his charges in Hebrew to get their water bottles. The kids, none of them fluent Hebrew speakers, strain to comprehend. One of them, misunderstanding the instruction entirely, returns with a container of sunscreen. Using exaggerated pantomimes, the counselor makes a face as he pretends to slake his thirst with the lotion. It’s a bizarre performance, but it does the trick. Without a word of English spoken, the child turns around to fetch his water bottle. So it goes at Kayitz Kef, a program in Hebrew language immersion running at 10 Jewish day camps across America that its backers hope will grow to 48 camps in the next decade. For six hours a day, a staff of mostly Israeli counselors speaks only Hebrew to the campers as they participate in the routine activities of summer camp. English isn’t used unless there’s a safety concern. “Camp is a place so rich in language opportunity,” said Rabbi Ami Hersh, director of Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, New York, the first summer camp to pilot the program in 2013 with 17 kids participating. This year, the camp is expecting nearly 100. “Kids at camp learn language in a very natural way,” he said. “This is not sitting in a classroom learning. This is learning language naturally as if you were a baby learning a language for the very first time.” As with parents teaching children to speak, Kayitz Kef relies on repetition,

The organizers of Kayitz Kef, a Hebrew language immersion program running at 10 Jewish day camps across America, want to expand it to 48 camps over the next decade.

hand gestures, playacting and other visual cues to build Hebrew vocabulary among campers who sometimes have zero background in the language. The one thing counselors never do is translate a word into English. If a camper needs to go to the bathroom, she will be prompted to ask if she can visit the “sherutim.” When campers are heading to the pool, counselors will tell them they are going to the “breichah.” If ice cream is on the lunch menu, campers need to ask for “glidah” if they want to be served. Campers learn not just the Hebrew words but also to incorporate them into full phrases and sentences. “The kids want ice cream,” Hersh said, “so they’re able to respond pretty quickly to that.” The approach can be challenging, particularly at the beginning. The program currently caters to campers entering kindergarten through the fifth grade, and

the immersion in Hebrew begins on day one, from the moment they arrive. Camp directors often caution parents to be prepared if their child doesn’t love the program at first and encourage them to stick it out. Data from a study commissioned by the program’s backers show that kids and parents quickly experience the program as fun and engaging, resulting in high retention rates at each camp. “In all the three years we’ve done this, we’ve only had one kid really leave the program,” said Meryl Rindsberg, director of day camps at the Marcus JCC in Atlanta, whose Hebrew program has roughly tripled in participation in three years. “We’re very upfront with parents,” Rindsberg said. “We tell them: The first day is sometimes very difficult for the kids. Don’t be surprised if your kid comes home in tears.” The Kayitz Kef approach is rooted in a language acquisition methodology known as the proficiency approach,

which was developed in the 1950s by the U.S. government for its own purposes, then expanded to academic settings in the 1980s. It was adapted for Hebrew language instruction in the early ‘90s by a team at Brandeis University and implemented under the leadership of Vardit Ringvald, then director of the Hebrew language program at the Boston-area school. “The proficiency approach is really about asking the question: What can learners do with the language in terms of functioning in all language tiers?” Ringvald said. “It’s not a question of what they learn. It’s a question of what they can do with the language in real-life settings.” In an academic environment, the approach needs to be simulated, with instructors prompting learners to respond to imagined real-life scenarios and then hoping they can bring that knowledge with them into the real world. In summer camp, those scenarios emerge all the time, affording learners opportunities to hone their skills in real life. “Camp is really the ideal setting for this,” Ringvald said. “People need stuff, they need to eat, they need to go from one place to another, they need to react and connect. It’s actually the essence of what proficiency is all about. In a classroom, you need to artificially create this setting. In camp it’s natural.” Ringvald initially helped implement the proficiency approach at Hebrew Public, a nationwide network of Hebrew language charter schools, before adapting the method for summer camps with the creation of Kayitz Kef in 2013. The camp staff receives training before and during the summer in using the proficiency approach. Last summer, over 300 campers See Hebrew, page 21

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were enrolled in 10 camps, and three more camps will be added this summer. Sponsors hope to expand the program to overnight camps, too. Kayitz Kef is a project of The Areivim Philanthropic Group, a consortium of seven Jewish philanthropies, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. To its backers, the program offers a potent means of Jewish engagement to a North American Jewish community that is predominantly secular. “We believe that Hebrew language facility gives American Jews a new focus for Jewish identity that is content rich but theologically neutral,” said Rabbi David Gedzelman, president and CEO of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, whose chair, Michael Steinhardt, co-chairs Areivim. “Giving kids real, modern Israeli Hebrew proficiency gives them a deep connection to Israeli culture and life.” Bill Magaliff, Areivim’s national director of the Kayitz Kef program, says, “The appeal extends well beyond Areivim, as local funders partner with us to make Kayitz Kef possible at camps in their communities.” The camp directors who have adopted

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Last year, Trybal Gatherings (trybal launched a series of fourday all-inclusive getaways at Jewish summer camps across the country for young Jewish adults in their 20s and 30s (see azjewishpost. com/2017/finally-jewish-camp-for-adults). For 2018, Trybal Gatherings plans three new camps for young adults, including one Sept. 21-24 in Malibu, California, at Gindling Hilltop Camp. The weekends are open to non-Jewish partners and friends who want to explore Jewish community. “We are thrilled to bring young adults back to Jewish summer camp—some returning after years and some coming for the first time,” says Carine Warsawski, founder of Trybal Gatherings. “The Gatherings are a hit with young adults who want uninterrupted time with friends and the chance to meet new people. Whether it’s through tie-dye or s’mores, now more people can find ways to connect to Jewish community.” Each weekend includes both classic and reimagined camp activities for adults, such as color war, arts and crafts,

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a bar mitzvah-themed dance party, and inclusive and informal Shabbat experiences. The Malibu weekend will feature more than 35 activities to choose from, including beach and pool time, an oceanfront high ropes course, synergy yoga, bubble soccer, canyon hikes, tie-dying, and challah making. Camps also are scheduled for the Midwest, Aug. 16-20, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, at URJ Olin-Sang-RubyUnion Institute, and the East Coast, Sept. 6-9, in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, at Eisner Camp. the program say the benefits are obvious. In Atlanta, the program has created a minicommunity of Hebrew speakers within the larger camp community, according to Rindsberg. At Nyack, Kayitz Kef has piqued interest among U.S.-born staff in enhancing their Hebrew proficiency. “We have American staff members whose Hebrew is good but not great who have worked hard in a number of cases to increase their Hebrew level enough so they can work in this program,” Hersh said. “It’s had a beautiful ripple effect to carry over into camp in general.” At some camps, Kayitz Kef has impacted the regular camp experience, too. Abbey Phillips, who directs the Anisfield Day Camp outside Cleveland where the counselor pretended to drink the sunscreen, said she initially was skeptical of the entire idea. But after three seasons, she has become a believer. Eschewing English has forced her Kayitz Kef counselors to up their game. “The staff are so high energy,” Phillips said. “They are one of our most spirited groups at camp because they are always singing and dancing and acting out the language.”

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healthy smile makes an important first impression. Maintaining that smile and its health becomes increasingly important throughout life. Beyond routine brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups, local dental professionals suggest there are other ways to maintain a healthy smile at every stage. When babies begin teething at three to nine months, wipe the gums with a clean, moist cloth and graduate to a child’s toothbrush when teeth appear. “Your child should visit the dentist by their first birthday,” says Tucson pediatric dentist Jeffery DuBois. Baby bottle tooth decay comes from putting a baby to bed with a milk bottle or using the bottle as a pacifier. Thumb sucking can alter tooth alignment as teeth grow in. Children begin to lose baby teeth by age 6 or 7. If drinking water is fluoride deficient, fluoride should be added in toothpaste, topically or in dietary supplements to prevent and reduce cavities. Alternatively, topical sealant guards against cavities. Crowded or crooked teeth and jaw misalignment becomes apparent between ages 6 and 12. Braces are a common orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and correct bite, making it easier to eat,

speak and keep gums clean. Teen diets can put them at risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. Encourage them to carry and use a travel toothbrush, chew sugar-free gum, snack on healthy food and drink lots of water. Mouth guards should be used to prevent sports injury. Wisdom teeth appear during the late teens and often are removed to prevent crowding, pain or infection. “Dentistry is becoming more noted for identifying

risk factors that can influence a person’s health in many ways”, says Dr. Elahe Wissinger. “Healthier mouths come with improved resistance to other systemic problems, such as cardiovascular disease.” Neglecting teeth and gums can lead to decay, infection, tooth loss and deterioration of tissue and bone. Daily brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups are important. Teeth grinding or bruxism can occur during sleep, damaging teeth and the jaw. Deep cavities may require a root canal, in which the tooth’s core is removed, cleaned and sealed to prevent further decay. Early stages of oral cancer often are undetected because there’s no pain. Watch for open sores, red or white patches, or changes in the cheek lining or tongue that persist more than two weeks. “It’s amazing how much force and stress we apply to our teeth on a daily basis,” says Dr. Frank Son. “They act like mini grinders so sometimes, even with the best home care, teeth can break/fracture or develop a small cavity. Don’t be discouraged! From my experiences and observations in clinical practice, barring any serious or complicated medical/physical issues, almost all dental issues can be avoided.” Good oral health is essential to general health and wellbeing, and of course a healthy smile.

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1. Practicing great home care. Diligent flossing and brushing twice a day is a must. Avoid over-aggressive brushing and using a hard toothbrush as it can damage the enamel (outer protective tooth layer) over time. 2. Limiting the frequency of eating sweets and acidic food. When you do,

ing something sweet or acidic; wait at least 20 minutes for the saliva to neutralize the oral cavity. 3. Getting routine check-ups and cleanings at least twice a year. Early detection is the key to avoid/minimize the need for any major dental work and ensure the overall health of the mouth.

FRANK SON, DDS Dr. Frank Son, a Southern California native, graduated from New York University College of Dentistry. He is dedicated to keeping up with the latest techniques through continuing education courses; participation in local, state and national dental societies; and maintaining open lines of communication with a variety of specialists. “My practice philosophy is to simply treat each patient like a friend or family member,” says Dr. Son. “Nobody enjoys going to the dentist, but my goal is to provide a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.”

Frank Son, DDS

CONTACT INFORMATION: 3838 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 110, Tucson, AZ 85716 (520) 881-4604 •

Dr. Lisa Lear, a Board Certified Periodontist, received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery with honors from Indiana University School of Dentistry, and completed a three-year residency program in periodontics, including dental implants, earning a Master of Science in dentistry. She has practiced in Tucson for over 27 years and is passionate about helping patients achieve and maintain their oral health. Dr. Lear has extensive experience in dental implants, periodontal cosmetic surgery, bone grafting, and sinus augmentation, and is certified in the Pinhole surgical procedure. She and her professional team are committed to maintaining the highest standards while serving patients with care and compassion. She is a past president of the Arizona Dental Association, which honored her in 2016 as “Dentist of the Year” and in 2017 as “Mentor of the Year.” She is dedicated to continuing education, and is a leader in both the Spear Education and Pima Dental study groups, as well as a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists. CONTACT INFORMATION: 6367 E. Tanque Verde Road Suite 210, Tucson, AZ 85715 (520) 577-3935

Lisa A. Lear, DDS, MSD

E-DENTAL SOLUTIONS Dr. Elahe Wissinger has been practicing since 1996. Her general practice encompasses a wide variety of services ranging from simple hygiene maintenance, oral cancer screening and tooth-colored fillings to more complex full-mouth reconstructions, “deep” cleanings, orthodontics, tooth whitening, cosmetic veneers/crowns and implant placement and restorations. She has incorporated a state-ofthe-art in-house laboratory that allows for computer-aided design and fabrication of crowns, bridges and veneers in addition to partials and implant-dentures. This allows for precise full mouth rehabilitations or cosmetic rejuvenations within days, not weeks. Dr. Wissinger is known for her diagnosis, workmanship and treatment planning skills, gleaned from many years of experience and training, and evidenced by her loyal patients. Dr. Wissinger’s staff share her passion for offering the latest technological advances to ensure their patients’ comfort and satisfaction. In fact, patients often state that the way they’re treated by staff makes them feel like honored members of the family. CONTACT INFORMATION: 2504 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 745-5496

Dr. Jeffrey H. DuBois

DR. JEFFREY DUBOIS Dr. Jeffrey DuBois, a general dentist, has restricted his practice to the pediatric population exclusively since 1995. Superb customer service to all patients and their parents is of utmost importance to Dr. DuBois and his team. We try to accommodate same day appointments for emergencies in accordance with the philosophy that you can’t plan an emergency. Dr. DuBois provides preventative education to parents of children starting at the 12 month visit and age appropriate instruction to the patients, as well as restorative techniques emphasizing patient comfort in a relaxed atmosphere. IV anesthesia is an option, when indicated. The office utilizes silver diamine fluoride, a newly FDA-approved drug in dentistry, to halt the infective process of tooth decay. Reviews by parents in describing Dr. DuBois’ dental approach include “compassion, understanding, acceptance” and “kind, caring and wonderful with kids.” Our reviews are available on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Dr. DuBois and his team are enthusiastically welcoming new patients at this time.

Elahe Wissinger, DMD

CONTACT INFORMATION: 6246 E. Pima St., Suite 140, Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 745-8424 • April 6, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST



(L to R) Dr. Nicholas J. Coles, DDS, Dr. Negin Saghafi, DDS, MD, Dr. Robert S. Wood, DDS


At Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we offer the full scope of oral and maxillofacial services. Our surgeons, Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles and Dr. Negin Saghafi, are specialists who have undergone years of surgical and anesthesia training. They have extensive experience placing dental implants, removing wisdom teeth, performing corrective jaw surgeries and more. Operating for over 40 years, AZOMS is the longest established private practice in the Tucson area. We have two convenient locations: one in Tucson and the other in Oro Valley. Feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn more about the procedures we offer. CONTACT INFORMATION: 7455 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85715 • 1876 E. Innovation Park Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 (520) 745-2454 •

Celebrating 35 years in dentistry, Grossman Dental Health enjoys a great staff and does thorough exams, implants, crowns, new smiles, and more. They treat patients of all ages and offer dentistry asleep for people with and without special needs. Dr. Grossman is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. He received the prestigious Mastership Award, which recognizes AGD members’ commitment to excellence in dental education. The award is the highest honor available in the AGD. To accomplish this, Dr. Grossman completed 1,100 hours of continuing education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques. Dr. Grossman graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1983. In addition to the AGD, Dr. Grossman is a member of the Southern Arizona Dental Society, Arizona Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. His areas of focus are in General Dentistry, Cosmetic/Esthetic Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, and Special Needs Dentistry. CONTACT INFORMATION: 6246 E. Pima, Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 745-5577

Michael A. Grossman, DDS, MAGD Master of the Academy of General Dentistry

MICHAEL V. GOLDMAN, DDS, MS Michael Goldman has served the Tucson area as a gnathologic orthodontist for children and adults for over 44 years. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Dental School, where he was selected by the faculty for the highest honor a dental student could receive — membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Academic Honor Society. He also received the highest clinical award, the Cadarette Achievement in Clinical Dentistry Award. He received his Master of Science degree in orthodontics from Loma Linda University in California in 1974, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona. For 12 years, his office has been providing gnathologic orthodontic therapy. Using gnathologic splint therapy, he has been correcting and healing complaints of jaw clicking, popping, pain that patients may have suffered for years, and restriction of movement. When a dental colleague tells a patient, “Your jaw clicks, go see an orthodontist,” they are correct in that assessment. Dr. Goldman offers a $400 new patient special, and there is absolutely no fee for the initial orthodontic examination. Financial arrangements can be made to extend payments over a period of months. The office accepts payments by Visa and MasterCard and accepts all insurance plans.

Michael V. Goldman, DDS, MS 24


CONTACT INFORMATION: 1603 W. Ina Road, Tucson AZ 85704 • 1000 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85745 1400 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85746 • (520) 297-7227 •

Study: Smiling may make you look older, yet still conveys impression of youth ISRAEL21C STAFF


t is a common belief that smiling makes people appear younger. Empirical findings in an IsraeliCanadian study, however, seem to prove that smiling faces are actually perceived as older than are faces with a deadpan or surprised expression. Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Western University in Canada revealed their unexpected findings in the May 8, 2017 edition of Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. “Popular media promotes the idea that smiling makes you look younger,” said Prof. Tzvi Ganel, head of the Laboratory for Visual Perception and Action in BGU’s department of psychology. “Look at all of the smiling faces in skincare and dental ads. How many of us post smiling faces on social media?” Working with Prof. Melvyn Goodale, director of the Brain and Mind Institute at

Western University in Canada, Ganel conducted a series of experiments intended to gauge age perception based on facial expressions. Forty BGU student participants were shown images of people and asked to rank them from oldest to youngest. They were shown pictures of smiling faces, neutral ex-

pressions and surprised looks. Participants ranked the smiling faces as the oldest, followed by neutral expressions. They ranked surprised expressions as the youngest. And yet when asked to recall their reactions after the experiment, study participants erroneously remembered

identifying smiling faces as appearing younger than neutral ones. “Ironically, we discovered that the same person can believe that smiling makes you appear younger and judge smiling faces older than neutral ones,” said Goodale. What accounts for this finding? The researchers believe that smiling makes a person look older because of the wrinkle lines that form around the eyes. A surprised face lifts and pulls the skin backward, smoothing any potential age-related wrinkles. “We proposed that the ‘aging’ effect of smiling originates from people’s inability to ignore the wrinkles that form around the eyes during smiling,” the researchers write. The study suggests that despite first impressions, people still believe that smiling makes one appear younger. “This undoubtedly reflects the association of smiling with many positive characteristics,” the scientists concluded.

ARIZONA PERIODONTICS Periodontal health is an essential component of your total oral health, and periodontal disease can affect your systemic health if it is not treated. Periodontal disease can cause problems in your mouth even if there is no pain. If your dentist or hygienist has spoken to you about periodontal disease, you may benefit from seeing a periodontist. Dr. Andrew E. Deeb has been providing state of the art surgical and non-surgical periodontal treatment in his private practice since 2002, including periodontal surgery, dental implants, extractions, and IV conscious sedation. Dr. Deeb received his D.M.D. from Oregon Health Sciences University and his master’s in oral biology from Medical College of Georgia. He is an American Board of Periodontology Diplomate. Dr. Deeb’s practice is always accepting new patients, and patients can be seen without a referral from their general dentist.

Andrew E. Deeb, DMD, MS

CONTACT INFORMATION: 4008 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 881-2940


Sandra Wells Gibson, DDS

Dr. Sandy Gibson has been practicing dentistry since 1988 when she graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. Whether working in a large clinic or in private practice, Dr. Gibson has always provided high quality dentistry with a nurturing touch. She regularly updates her equipment, ensuring that patients experience a clean, comfortable and state-of-the-art dental office. Dr. Gibson has spent hundreds of hours furthering her education to meet her patients’ needs and exceed their expectations. After listening to her patients’ concerns and conducting thorough evaluations, she offers options that work for them. Recently she trained to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, to assist patients in meeting their overall health goals. Patients know that she sees them as more than a set of teeth; she is concerned about them and the relationships formed are the most treasured aspect of her career. CONTACT INFORMATION: 5445 N. Kolb Road, Tucson, AZ 85750 • (520) 577-7667 • April 6, 2018, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


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Congregation anshei israel

5550 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 745-5550 Rabbi Robert Eisen, Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny • Daily minyan: Mon.-Thurs., 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 a.m.; Sun. & legal holidays, 8 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. / Mincha: Fri., 5:45 p.m. / Shabbat services: Sat., 9 a.m., followed by Kiddush; Tot Shabbat, 1st Fri., 5:45 p.m.; Family Service, 3rd Friday, 5:45 p.m.; Holiday services may differ, call or visit website. / Torah study: every Shabbat one hour before Mincha (call or visit website for times) / Talmud on Tuesday, 6 p.m. / Weekday Torah study group, Wed., 11 a.m. beverages and dessert provided.

Congregation Bet shalom 3881 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 577-1171 Rabbi Hazzan Avraham Alpert • Shabbat services: Fri., 5:30 p.m. (followed by monthly dinners — call for info); Sat. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Camp Shabbat (ages 6-10) 11 a.m.-noon, followed by Kiddush lunch and weekly Teen Talk lunch with shinshinim, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. CBS Think Tank discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Howard Schwartz and Dr. Howard Graizbord / Weekday services: Wed. 8:15 a.m. / Hagim 9:30 a.m.


Congregation ChoFetz Chayim/southwest torah institute 5150 E. Fifth St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 747-7780 Rabbi Israel Becker • Shabbat services: Fri., Kabbalat Shabbat 15 minutes before sunset; Sat. 9 a.m. followed by Kiddush. / Mincha: Fri., 1 p.m.; Sat., 25 minutes before sunset, followed by Shalosh Seudas, Maariv and Havdallah. Services: Sun., 8 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:50 a.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 a.m.; daily, 15 minutes before sunset. / Weekday Rosh Chodesh services: 6:45 a.m.

Congregation young israel/ChaBad oF tuCson 2443 E. Fourth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 881-7956 Rabbi Yossie Shemtov, Rabbi Yudi Ceitlin • Daily minyan: Sun. & legal holidays, 8:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 6:45 a.m. / Mincha & Maariv, 5:15 p.m. / Shabbat services: Fri. at candlelighting; Sat. 9:30 a.m. followed by Kiddush. Mincha, Maariv and Havdallah TBA.

ChaBad on river 3916 E. Ft. Lowell Road • (520) 661-9350 Rabbi Ram Bigelman • Shabbat services: Fri., Mincha at candlelighting time, followed by Maariv. / Sat., Shacharit service, 9:30 a.m. / Torah study: women, Wed., 2 p.m.; men, Tues. and Thurs., 7 p.m. Call to confirm.

ChaBad oro valley 1217 W. Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 • (520) 477-8672 Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman • Shabbat services: 3rd Fri., 5 p.m. Oct.-Feb., 6 p.m. March-Sept., all followed by dinner / Sat., 10 a.m. study session followed by service.

ChaBad sierra vista 401 Suffolk Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 • (520) 820-6256 Rabbi Benzion Shemtov • Shabbat services: Sat., 10:30 a.m., bimonthly, followed by class explaining prayers. Visit website or call for dates.


Congregation Kol simChah

(Renewal) 4625 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 296-0818 Mailing Address: 2732 S. Gwain Place, Tucson, AZ 85713 Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7:15 p.m.

Congregation m’Kor hayim 3888 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718 (Tucson Hebrew Academy) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 31806, Tucson, AZ 85751 • (520) 904-1881 Rabbi Helen Cohn • Shabbat services: 2nd and 4th Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study, 2nd and 4th Sat., 9:30 a.m.

Congregation or Chadash 3939 N. Alvernon, Tucson, AZ 85718 • (520) 512-8500 Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, Cantor Janece Cohen Shabbat services: Fri., 6:30 p.m.; 1st Fri., Friday Night LIVE (Oct.-May); 2nd Friday, Tot Shabbat (Oct.-June), 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat.,8:30 a.m.

the institute For JudaiC serviCes and studies Mailing Address: 36789 S. Golf Course Drive, Saddlebrooke, AZ 85739 Rabbi Sanford Seltzer • (520) 825-8175 Shabbat services: Oct.-April, third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. — call for details.

temple emanu-el 225 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 • (520) 327-4501 Rabbi Batsheva Appel • Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. / Torah study: Sat., 8:30 a.m. except when there is a Rabbi’s Tish.

temple Kol hamidBar 228 N. Canyon Drive, Sierra Vista • (520) 458-8637 Mailing address: P.O. Box 908, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Shabbat services: Fri., 7:30 p.m.


Beth shalom temple Center

1751 N. Rio Mayo (P.O. Box 884), Green Valley, AZ 85622 (520) 648-6690 • Shabbat services: 1st and 3rd Fri., 7 p.m. / Torah study: Sat., 10 a.m.

Congregation etz Chaim (Modern Orthodox) 686 Harshaw Road, Patagonia, AZ 85624 • (520) 394-2520 Rabbi Gabriel Cousens • Shabbat services: Fri., 18 minutes before sunset / Torah study: Sat., 9:30 a.m. handmaKer resident synagogue

2221 N. Rosemont Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85712 • (520) 881-2323 Shabbat services: Fri., 4:30 p.m., led by Lindsey O’Shea, followed by Shabbat dinner; Sat., 9:30 a.m., led by Mel Cohen and Dan Asia, followed by light Kiddush lunch.

OBITUARY John Felman

(Leo) John Felman, 80, died March 18, 2018 after a long battle with post-polio syndrome and cancer. Mr. Felman was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After attending the Mercersburg Academy, he graduated in 1960 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. and honors in philosophy. He attended post-graduate studies at the University of London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Felman worked in the family business in Pittsburgh, Eagle Linen Service, after returning from extensive travel in Europe and Russia. He also worked as director of operations for various sports teams including the Pittsburgh Triangles and the San Diego Friars World Team Tennis Leagues. After moving to Tucson, he was employed at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Survivors include his daughter, Jessie Camilla Felman of Oxford, England; sister, Roberta (Michael) Lewis, nephew, Jordan Lewis, and niece, Sasha Lewis, all of Tucson. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Peppi’s Hospice at Tucson Medical Center, Youth on Their Own, or the charity of your choice. Roberta Lewis may be contacted at Obituaries are printed free of charge. There is a nominal fee for photographs.

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seCular humanist Jewish CirCle REFORM CONGREGATION CHAVERIM 5901 E. Second St., Tucson, AZ 85711 • (520) 320-1015 Rabbi Stephanie Aaron • Shabbat services: Fri., 7 p.m. (no service on 5th Fri.); Family Shabbat, 1st Fri., 6 p.m. / Torah study: 2nd Sat., 9 a.m., followed by contemplative service,10 a.m.


ARIZONA JEWISH POST, April 6, 2018 Call Cathleen at (520) 730-0401 for meeting or other information.

university oF arizona hillel Foundation 1245 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719 • (520) 624-6561 • Shabbat services: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and alternative services two Fridays each month when school is in session. Dinner follows (guests, $8; RSVP by preceding Thurs.). Call for dates/times. | 520-297-5360

P.S. From Tucson to Israel, celebrating local people, places, travels and simchas cationally, Abbi has a freelance writing business; Guy travels worldwide as a banking solution architect for SAP, a global technology company. The Friedmans will return to Israel in December for Yoni’s bar mitzvah. An early mazel tov to all.

SHARON KLEIN Special to the AJP NFTY convention Maya Levy had a good excuse for skipping the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Women’s Philanthropy Connections brunch on Feb. 18, where she was due to receive one of two Bryna Zehngut Mitzvah Awards (see “In Focus,” AJP, 3/9/18). She was attending the North American Federation of Temple Youth Veida (committee) 2018, a leadership conference, from Feb. 16 to 19 at the URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. Maya, a University High School junior and Temple Emanu-El congregant, and Nathan Rix, a UHS senior and Congregation Chaverim member, represented our Tucson

(L-R) Ellis and Irene Friedman and Carol and Dan Karsch at lunch at Café Café in Rosh Haayin, Israel

(L-R) Max Palay (of Phoenix), Maya Levy, and Nathan Rix at the NFTY Veida 2018 convention

trition Assistance Program food stamp program, participants had to design a menu for the week. Another session highlighted the concept of bias. Everyone was blindfolded and given different topics to discuss, so that they couldn’t see or judge one another’s appearance but only their views and feelings. On the NFTY website, the one word that Maya and Nathan use to describe their NFTY involvement is “passionate.” In her duties, Maya leads religious and cultural events, having written a creative Dr. Seuss Shabbat service for the Fall Kallah this October. “It’s hard to get teenagers to love Judaism so I try to make it fun and a high point of the weekend. In writing Jewish programming, I highlight a Jewish holiday, person, or Israel,” she says. Summing up her overall NFTY experience, she says, “I have the opportunity to make new friends from all 50 states and bond with leaders like me who love NFTY as much as I do.”

community. Maya serves as religious and cultural vice president of the NFTY Southwest Region; Nathan is president. This is the first time two Tucsonans have attained top positions on the regional board. NFTY’s Southwest region encompasses Arizona; New Mexico; Southern Nevada; El Paso, Texas; and Utah. The first day of the conference focused on elections to the North American NFTY board, for which both Maya and Nathan ran unsuccessfully. Friday night and Saturday morning included teen-led services. A carnival took place on Saturday night and a talent show on Sunday. The Winter Olympics in South Korea were a viewing highlight during the weekend festivities. At breakout sessions, other regions shared program ideas from their kallot (conferences). For example, based on the $34 weekly allowance from the Supplemental Nu-

Connecting with Israeli family and friends From Feb. 18 to March 1, Irene and Ellis Friedman traveled to Israel for their annual visit with their daughter Abigail (Abbi); her husband, Guy Perets; and their children, Lior Zoe (now serving in the Israel Defense Forces), Shir, Adi, Yoni, and Amit. The Perets family lives in Etz Efrayim in the Shomron (northern part of the West Bank). Abbi made aliyah in 1994, midway through college at Brandeis University, having been to Israel many times with her parents and on a three-week Volunteers For Israel trip. She joined the IDF where she met her sabra husband, then an Israeli Air Force lieutenant, later a captain. Their first home was in Modi’in, not far from where Carol and Dan Karsch, former Tucsonans, live. The family moved to the U.S. in 2000 and returned to Israel in 2011. Vo-

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Traversing Southern Arizona On Tuesday, March 13, the JFSA Northwest Division and Hadassah Southern Arizona teamed up again to travel on another historical excursion. This time, their destination was the Bisbee-Douglas Jewish Cemetery. Participants who avail themselves of these bus trips get a bird’s eye view chronicling Jewish life in Southern Arizona. Barry Friedman, past president of the Jewish History Museum, spoke about the Jews of the Southwest and led the tour of the cemetery, highlighting restoration efforts. Rabbi Benzion Shemtov of Chabad of

Tour guide Barry Friedman (in tan cap) speaks to the bus group at the Bisbee-Douglas Jewish Cemetery

Cochise County, based in Sierra Vista, met the group and helped read Hebrew inscriptions on the tombstones, including that of a 1-year-old boy buried in the early 1900s. Founded in 1904, this site, with 19 Jewish graves and 13 tombstones near the U.S.-Mexico border, was the first exclusively Jewish cemetery in Arizona. The land is now owned by the museum, donated by the former owners from 2005-2014, Richard Rosen and Jorge Ilitzky. (See “Local Jewish cemetery, once derelict, gains national attention,” (AJP, 7/8/16) Following the tour, bus trippers enjoyed lunch at Café Roka with the Jewish residents of Bisbee and spent the afternoon shopping. Some of the travelers included Elke Armoni, Erica and Art Friedman, Sally Kreida, Honey and Murray Manson, Jane Myerson, and Eileen Neiman. Time to share You know the drill. Keep me posted — 319-1112. L’shalom.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published April 20, 2018. Events may be emailed to, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 26 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or “Too Jewish” radio show with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon on KVOI 1030 AM (also KAPR and KJAA), Sundays at 9 a.m. April 8, comedian and attorney Elliot Glicksman, Comedy for Charity. April 15, Adam Levinson, author of “The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah.” April 22, Carine Warsawski, founder, Trybal Gatherings for Young Adults. Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class; topic: “Make Happiness Happen.” Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or ewbecker@

ONGOING Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon. All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or

Temple Emanu-El Needlecraft Group with Ariana Lipman and Rosie Delgado. Second Tuesdays, through May 8, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501.

Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 2993000, ext. 147.

Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000.

Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism’s Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. $5. 577-1171. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (1840), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or yzbecker@

Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or Tucson J Israeli dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000. Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesdays, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. 299-3000, ext. 241, or concierge@ Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers, $8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 8854102 or

Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000.

Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147.

Tucson J Israeli Dance, taught by Brandi Hawkins, 2nd and 4th Sundays, partners, 4:45-6 p.m., open circle, 6-7 p.m. Members, $8; nonmembers, $10. 299-3000.

JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300.

Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or

Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free.

Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli.

new exhibition opening and brunch. Meet the artists and dance performance by Hawkins Dance. $60. Register at or 299-3000.

ington Institute for Near East Policy. Preceded by reception at 6 p.m. Environment and Natural Resources 2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St. 626-5758 or

Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m. 327-4501.

Friday / April 6 9:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Passover Yizkor service. 327-4501. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Passover Yizkor service. 512-8500. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Passover Experience in the Desert. Join Rabbi Batsheva Appel at Saguaro National Park East. 327-4501. 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Tot Kabbalat Pesach Shabbat service followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner $10 for adults, free for kids under 12. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501.

Saturday / April 7 8:30 AM: Cong. Chofetz Chayim Passover service, with Yizkor approximately 10:45 a.m. 747-7780. 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Passover Yizkor and Shacharit service. 745-5550.

Sunday / April 8 8:30-10 AM Cong. Or Chadash post-Passover pancake breakfast. Proceeds benefit eighth grade trip to Jewish L.A. $5. 512-8500. 10 AM-NOON: Tucson J Sculpture Garden



2-4 PM: Tucson J Fine Art Gallery artists’ reception, “My Connection to the Jewish People.” Tucson Hebrew High students. 299-3000. 5:30 PM: Jewish Family & Children’s Services Celebration of Caring 2018, with historian Deborah Lipstadt, Ph.D. At Westin La Paloma, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive. For tickets visit or call Kate Kelly at 209-2435.

Monday / April 9 11:30-1 PM: U.S. Army Fort Huachuca Annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance Observance. Keynote address by Dr. Gil Ribak, assistant professor of Judaic studies at UA. Featuring Holocaust survivors from Tucson and a candle lighting ceremony. Visitors without military or DoD-issued ID card must stop at the Visitors Control Center at the Van Deman Gate to apply for a visitors pass. Contact Fort Huachuca public affairs office at 533-1284. 7 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies 2018 Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture, “Israel, Iran & Iranian Proxies in Syria in the Aftermath of ISIS,” by David Makovsky, Ph.D., of the Wash-

7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Warning: Border Ahead,” Israel and its Boundaries 50 years after the Six Day War, with Oshrat Barel and Yoni Green. Members $55; nonmembers $70. Register at 327-4501.

Wednesday / April 11 2 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage concert, “Celebrating the Music of Hungary with Love,” with the Arizona Symphonic Winds. $10. Register at or 299-3000. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club discusses “The Kill Artist,” by Daniel Silva. 320-1015. 7 PM: Temple Emanu-El Music of the Holocaust concert, with Rachel Saul, violinist with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Chris Tackett, Jeff Myrmo, and Seth Vietti. $18. RSVP at 327-4501.

Thursday / April 12 10:30 AM: Jewish History Museum interactive genealogy workshop. With author and genealogy expert Joel Alpert. Free. 564 S. Stone

Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/ grandchildren, youth or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. Temple Emanu-El Jewish Novels Club with Linda Levine. Third Thursdays, through May 17, 2-4 p.m. 327-4501. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or Thrive & Grow Vegetable Gardening Workshops, with Michael Ismail. Fridays from 2-3:30 p.m. at Tucson J, through June 15. $10. No class April 6. or 299-3000. Tucson J Fine Art Gallery art exhibit, “My Connection to the Jewish People.” By Tucson Hebrew High students. Through April 22. 299-3000. Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or Jewish History Museum exhibit, “Subtle Apertures: Leo Goldschmidt’s Early Photographic Record of the Sonoran Borderlands,” through May 31. 564 S. Stone Ave., Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or Ave. 670-9073. NOON: JFCS, “To Tell Our Stories: Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona,” with local survivors, at Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Contact Raisa Moroz at 795-0300, ext. 2214 or

Friday / April 13 11:30 AM Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center gallery chat, “Unraveling My Family’s Holocaust Mysteries Through Film,” presented by Joel Alpert. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 5:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat Rocks! dinner followed by service at 6:30 p.m., with kindergarten and first grade classes, Rabbi Batsheva Appel, Avanim Rock Band and youth choir. Traditional service follows at 7:30 p.m. Dinner $12 for adults, free for kids under 13. RSVP for dinner at 327-4501. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shabbat Under the Stars in the Rabbi Arthur Oleisky Courtyard. 745-5550 or 6:30 PM Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat service with scholar-in-residence Avram Mandell, executive director and founder of Tzedek

America, “Challenges of Giving Your Time to Heal the World.” 512-8500.

Saturday / April 14 10 AM Cong. Or Chadash Service with scholar-in-residence Avram Mandell, executive director and founder of Tzedek America, “Cheshbon HaNefesh (Accounting for your Soul): What Will you Do with Your Jelly Beans?” 512-8500. NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion on “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or

Sunday / April 15 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club Breakfast, with guest speaker Mark Levine. Men’s Club members free; guests $4. Contact Mark Levine at 548-5471 or 9:30 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Brotherhood breakfast with scholar-in-residence Avram Mandell, executive director and founder of Tzedek America, on “Manliness and Judaism” 512-8500. 10-11:30 AM: Tucson J Books, Bagels, & Brunch with cookbook author Emily Paster, “The Joys of Jewish Preserving.” Discussion, cooking demonstration, and signed copy of book. Members $95; nonmembers $100. Following at 1-3:30 p.m., hands-on cooking class of preserving techniques. Members $65; nonmembers $70. Register at or 299-3000. 10:30-12:30 PM: Desert Caucus brunch with Rep. John Culberson (R-TX). Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. Guests should be potential members and must RSVP at 490-1453 or 1 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle lecture by Herb Silverman, founder of the Secular Coalition for America and author of “An Atheist Stranger

in a Strange Religious Land.” RSVP to Becky at 296-3762 or 2 PM: Community-wide Yom Hashoah Commemoration, “Resistance and Resilience: Facing Hatred with Courage Yesterday and Today,” marking 75 years after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, with Gil Ribak, Ph.D., assistant professor of Judaic studies at UA. Free. At Cong. Anshei Israel. Contact Lisa Schacter-Brooks at 670-9073. 4:30-7:30 PM Cong. Or Chadash Flying Chai spring fundraiser tribute festival honoring educator Rina Leibeskind. Ventriloquist/comedian Chuck Field, Israeli food, DJ, games, prizes and raffle. Adult $45; child $18. Visit or call 512-8500.

Monday / April 16 10:30-12:30 PM: Tucson J Rosh Chodesh Iyar. Learn how to cook common Israeli dishes, such as shakshuka, hummus, and sabich. $20. 299-3000. 5:30-8:30 PM: JFSA Young Men's Group 8th Annual Poker Tournament. Men 21+. $40, includes pizza, salad, and 2 drinks. At Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E River Road. Register at, or contact Karen Graham at 647-8469 or kgraham@ Proceeds benefit the Homer Davis Project.

Tuesday / April 17 11:30 AM Brandeis National Committee spring luncheon and officer installation at Wild Garlic Grill, 2870 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 120. Proceeds benefit Tucson Endowed Scholarship Fund for a scholarship to a Brandeis University student. Bring walking shoes, clothes in good condition, and women’s products for Sister Jose Women’s Center. $36. Send check by April 10, payable to BNC, to Marilyn Sternstein, 5765 E. Finisterra Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750.



Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or Northwest Needlers create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to judithgfeldman@gmail. com or 505-4161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or

Friday / April 6 5 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Passover Picnic in the Park with Northwest young Jewish families. Taste Passover foods, songs, socialize. If you want, bring a Passover dish to share. At Canada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane. RSVP at 505-4161 or

Wednesday / April 11 1-2:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest

Yom HaShoah Remembrance. Kaddish with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer, Berndt Wollschlaeger video talk about his father’s Nazi history, performance by Tucson Hebrew Academy choir. At Splendido at Rancho Vistoso, 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. RSVP at 505-4161 or

Friday / April 20 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Shabbat dinner and service in the Northwest at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte. Kosher Shabbat dinner (vegetarian option upon request). Dinner: members, $12; nonmembers, $14; under 13 free. RSVP at 327-4501.

Monday / April 23

1:30-3 PM: Temple Emanu-El The Roots of Jewish Feminism, “The Talmudic Tale of Beruriah” with Rabbi Sanford Seltzer. Continues April 30 with “The Salons of 18th Century Berlin.” At Jewish Federation-Northwest, 190 W. Magee, #162. Members $18; nonmembers $25. To register call 327-4501.

UPCOMING Wednesday / April 25

NOON-1 PM: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “The Hours Count: A Novel” by Jillian Cantor. 512-8500. 6:30 PM: Weintraub Israel Center Yom Hazikaron commemoration for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terror. At the Tucson J. Free. jfsa. org or 577-9393. 6-7:30 PM: Tucson J presents Navigating Social Security, with Laurence E. Goldstein, vice president of investments for DKG Financial Group. Free. 299-3000.

Wednesday / April 19 7 PM: Tucson J presents film screening, “Keep the Change,” a love story in which all characters with autism are portrayed by actors with autism. Sparks cheerleaders will perform. $5. 299-3000.

Friday / April 20 8 AM: Annual Local Leaders Forum presents “How does our community respond to sexual violence?” Preceded by breakfast reception at 7:30 a.m. Presented by the Jewish History Museum and Jewish Community Relations Council in collaboration with the YWCA Southern Arizona. Free. At Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E River Road. RSVP at 670-9073 or 11:30-1 PM: Tucson J Shabbat Lunch & Learn, with Emanuel Bergman, author of the novel “The Trick.” $10, lunch included. 299-3000. 3:30 PM: Handmaker presents a talk by Emanuel Bergmann, author of the novel “The Trick.” Followed by Shabbat service at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. The lecture is free; the cost of the dinner is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. RSVP by April 19 to Nanci Levy at nlevy@ or 322-3632.

Friday / April 27

Sunday / April 22 9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. Contact Seymour Shapiro at 398-5360.

11 AM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center presents Brazilian-American artist Jonatas Chimen, MFA, in collaboration with Kulanu. Free. 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073 or 1-6 PM: Israel@70 Festival organized by the Weintraub Israel Center. Food, entertainment, kids’ activities, at River and Dodge Roads.

Monday / April 23 7 PM: Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks. Free.

Wednesday/April 25 6:30-8 PM: Tucson J presents “The Life, Times & Music of Benny Goodman: A Musical and Historical Review with The Robin Bessier Band.” Will include arrangement of Hava Nagila. Members $10; nonmembers $12. or 299-3000.


9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave., with the Armon Bizman band, Rabbi Batsheva Appel and soloist Lindsey O’Shea. 327-4501.

Sunday / April 29

5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Israel Night. Followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m: members, $25 family of 2 adults and up to 4 children; nonmember family $30; adult (13+) $10. RSVP by April 16 to Kim at 745-5550, ext. 224 or / April 21 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat hike at Sabino Canyon with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Cantor Janece Cohen. Meet in the parking lot. Bring sack lunch, water and sunscreen. RSVP to Sarah Bollt by April 18 at 900-7027 or sarah@

10 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona Book and Author Brunch, with Paul Boorstin, author of “David and the Philistine Woman.” Cosponsored by the Jewish Federation Northwest/Hadassah Book Club, The Hadassah Eastside Book Club, and the Congregation Bet Shalom Book Club. At Congregation Bet

Shalom. $18. Contact Anne Lowe at 481-3934. Send check, payable to Hadassah, by April 23, to Marcia Winick, 7284 Onda Circle, Tucson, AZ 85715.

3 PM: Arizona Repertory Singers presents “King David” oratorio, at Temple Emanu-El. $23 in advance at or $25 at the door. Students free. Discount for groups of 10 or more; email or call 792-8141.

Thursday / May 10

7 PM: Jewish community awards celebration for JFSA/agencies, and JFSA annual meeting, at the Tucson J. Installation of JFSA officers, ice cream social. Free. Register at

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Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013 (center, in sunglasses) with Tucson Hebrew Academy middle school students and staff, Monday, March 27.

Former Miss Israel visits Tucson

The first Ethiopian-born contestant to win the title of Miss Israel visited Tucson last week. Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, Miss Israel 2013, spoke at Tucson Hebrew Academy to a group of fifth-eighth graders about her life story. She told her tale from life in a small Ethiopian village,

to losing her mother at a young age, moving to Israel with her brother, learning Hebrew, and becoming an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. She has spoken at 55 colleges on her U.S. tour but Tucson Hebrew Academy was her first school stop in Arizona.

Irwin Brewster, a past commander of Tucson’s Friedman-Paul Post 201 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America, at “The Wall That Heals” exhibit in Oro Valley.

Honoring veterans The Northwest Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona was one of the sponsors of the “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam War memorial in Washington D.C., which was exhibited at Riverfront Park in Oro Valley March 15-18. At the opening ceremony, Rabbi Avraham Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom read the Mourner’s Kaddish in honor of the Jewish soldiers who were killed, and Rabbi Sanford Seltzer of the Institute for Judaic Services and Studies read the prayer at the closing ceremony.

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Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, left, presents The Silver Spike Benefactor of the Year Award to Ken Sandock at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum’s annual Silver Spike Festival March 17.

Transportation museum salutes volunteer Ken Sandock received The Silver Spike Benefactor of the Year award from the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum - Old Pueblo Trolley for his support and volunteer work, including serving as a docent. The award commemorates the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad in Tucson.




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